I was expecting a western, and I got a western.
For some reason I went into this expecting something more along the lines of Dead Man. But there was really nothing neo-western about this. Pretty much an old fashioned western by the numbers. Its good, like really really good. But it’s nothing exactly revelatory in terms of the genre. There are a few Coen brothers touches here and there, but it feels a lot like something Clint Eastwood would have starred in 40 years ago.
The cast is great (Jeff Bridges is awesome in this, even though you can hardly understand him), the writing is great, and the scenery is great. There is really no reason not to see this, just don’t spend too much time wondering about the guy in the bear suit.