When I watched this movie, I had no idea about it. I didn't even realize that John Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jake Gyllenhall were in it. In fact, I did not recognize Jake until the last few minutes of the film. To me, the movie was a bit overbaked. Their pistols looked more like Roman candles when fired at night--with long flames and sparks spewing from the barrels. It took me a few minutes to appreciate what was happening. I really like Reilly. He's a very fine actor and one of the many, many producers of this movie. Candidly, they all shined as actors. The storyline and plot were clothed in violence. Many of the scenes were raw and brutal. The more I watched of the film, the more I was eager to see what was coming next. My greatest criticism of the film is the unrealistic verbiage used by the characters of the west in the 1850s. The use of multisyllabic words of the time by the characters did not comport with the language of the day, that is, the level of sophistication of the English language far surpassed western reality. Afterwards, I did learn that the movie earnings were far short of the budget and that is really too bad because it is a film worth viewing. Very fine acting.