I'd sort of forgotten, this is a depressing side of the equation yarn, you can trust the Coen Bros to do the dark very well, and as opposed to the John Wayne, Glenn Campbell original, they stuck to the novel's telling of the story through the eyes of the young girl.
Outstanding portrayal of the old ranger by Jeff Bridges, oscar nomination well deserved. Too often big stars dont bring off their role by losing it in their own persona, but Jeff was well disguised by the beard and eye patch.
Not so with Matt Damon playing the foppish young Texas ranger, you keep expecting him to pull finger and and do the super-spy clean-up of all the baddies.
Will be one of the year's best, 4 out of 5.