Wayne’s world re­vis­ited

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

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.

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