I’m surprised the Coens felt compelled to make a remake. Much as I enjoyed this film, I can’t deny I’d have rather them try something original…then again, No Country for Old Men was a novel adaptation, and one of their greatest films. So whatever works for the Coens, I suppose I’m down with.
This film doesn’t really add anything earth-shaking to the story that the 1969 film didn’t, but everything is executed at an extremely high level of competency. Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld are absolutely fantastic; I don’t know if I enjoyed Brdiges’ performance more than John Wayne’s of the same character, but I certainly enjoyed Steinfeld’s more than Kim Darby’s. Excellent, excellent performances.
The production values are also excellent, not that I’d expect a Coens western to be anything but fantastic in those aspects after No Country for Old Men.
I’ve seen this described as a revisionist western, but I don’t know about that. To me, the joy of this film was that it, much like the 1969 film, was just a straight-forward classic western, executed perfectly.
I give it three rangers, and some fine horse-trading.