As expected, Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit (Paramount, 12.25) looks like the real deal and another feather in the cap for the Coens who are enjoying quite the resurgence these days.
If this were an other writer-director team, I'd be worried about young Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross or the fact that Henry Hathaway's 1969 original is nothing more than a fun little father-daughter road trip movie with a fine performance from John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn.
But, this being who it is (with quite the assembly of talented actors), I'm at ease and wholly confident that it'll top the original in every way. The Coens are too good at creating and submerging themselves in their environments through language, landscapes and stereotypes all with a sturdy, deadpan sense of humor, startling violence and the usual fatalistic undercurrents.
Plus it looks like Roger Deakins is up to his usual tricks again, as in The Assassination of Jesse James great.