A magnificent Western which is also not a remake of the John Wayne 1969 film, but a re-adaption of the original novel by Charles Portis - one which also sticks much more faithfully to the book than the previous film did.
The story is simplicity itself - 14 year old Mattie Ross (an astounding debut by Hailee Steinfeld who should have won the Oscar she was nominated for) takes it upon herself to hire the gruff Rooster Coogburn (the excellent as ever Jeff Bridges) to help her track down and take revenge on the man who murdered her father.
Expertly directed by the Coen brothers this is a truely wonderful piece of cinema, one of those shining examples where everything comes together in virtual perfection. From the photography by Roger Deakins, score, production design, the performances across the board and the direction this is already one of my favourite films of the year and I'll have no hesitation in buying it as soon as it gets released.
Don't get bogged down in the fact there's already a film version out there, take this for what it is - a completely respectful and brilliant new adaption.