I'm a fan of all kinds of movies, but a lot of westerns leave me cold. Especially the older ones, where everybody always seemed to be so emaculate, despite the dust and grime of thier surroundings. And cheesy dialogue (lots of that). The better westerns were morality tales, like High Noon or action packed tales of violence, like the Dollars trilogy. What we have with this film is a perfect blend of both. A wonderful moral tale about redemption, loss, love and fighting for what you believe in melded with all that you expect from a really good western - coach chases, gunfights and some squinty-eyed quick draws. Performance wise? Note perfect. Actors like Christian Bale and Russell Crowe automatically add depth, but the stand-out is Ben Foster as Crowe's right hand psycho 'Charlie Prince'. A chilling and quirky performance. So, all in all, a good enough western to fans of the old fashioned type, with enough action and depth to appeal to the new crowd. Brilliant.