This is a fantastic movie — in fact, if I’d watched it last year, it would have been included in my year-end top 5 list. As I’ve written many times, I love westerns (it’s one of my favorite movie genres) and getting a really good new one is relatively rare. For all its brutality, this movie is absolutely gorgeous, and the performances are outstanding — especially Bale, who I pretty much always find to be great in his roles, but for some reason I found to be especially strong, even if it’s a somewhat subdued performance. Can’t recommend this enough. It’s the first film I watch by this director (Scott Cooper), and I’m already planning on watching a few of his other films.