Anticipating a Coen Brothers film has almost become an anual event. They're pumping them out with great gusto these days and the good news is that the quality rarely faulters (Intolerable & Ladykillers being the only two duds). True Grit brings them to a genre for which they seem suited and comfortable. Many of their films over the years have been westerns in round about ways but True Grit is a celebration of the classic western formula. It's a remake of the John Wayne classic which (from what I've read) holds truer to the book. The Coens have packed a lot of their trademark humour and an exaggerated aesthetic into a basic premise of retribution. The performances are great and the cinematography & score are brilliant as always. I had forgotten that Steven Spielberg was on board as producer and to see his name alongside the Coen Brothers was both surreal and welcome. Oh and much kudos to Josh Brolin & Barry Pepper's small roles.