Wayne’s world revisited
AFTER finding major award success and critical praise for their contemporary western styled thriller No Country For Old Men, the Coen Brothers go one step further here to give us a good old-fashioned western in a way only those boys could.
While it follows the same basic plot as the 1960s John Wayne flick of the same name, it takes more of its detailing from the original novel source material and follows an idealistic teenage girl’s quest for justice as she enlists a drunken old US Marshall ( Jeff Bridges) and a full-of-himself Texas Ranger ( Matt Damon) to help her track down the drifter who killed her father.
This might not be as deep as some of the Coen brothers’ best films but it is handsomely shot and soulfully made, with terrific performances, a wonderfully dark sense of humour and plenty of that talented duo’s memorable quirks and oddities. Extras: More with the Coen boys would be nice – they never really contribute much for their DVD releases – but there are a couple of decent featurettes on set recreation and costuming, plus a couple of the actors and casting.