There is not much argument that to the Western is one of the least popular genres in film today. Some may say documentaries are, but there are more of those being released today than you may know. It’s almost a conundrum on how one of the most popular genres in Hollywood is barely ever seen anymore. Even after “Unforgiven” won for Best Picture at the Oscars in 1993 the movie going public was not bombarded with Westerns, which is surprising since movie studios usually love to jump on each others bandwagons.
Joel and Ethan Cohen are a unique pair of filmmakers for many reasons. One of which is because they can make a quality movie in any genre; horror, comedy, drama, they’ve done it all and has almost always known success. So it should come as no big surprise they wanted to try their hands at a true Western and they decided to remake the 1969 movie, “True Grit” based on the novel of the same name. This was the movie that earned John Wayne his only Oscar for Best Actor.