As a Texan myself, I was initially wary that the movie would devolve into typical West Texas stereotypes (although in fairness, West Texas sort of stereotypes itself often). But those misgiving fell away as Hell or High Water progressed, veering from the cliche with nuanced, subtle acting from Foster, Pine, and Bridges, balancing biting humor with convincing relationships. Sure, the story is old territory, and the direction has been seen before, but beautiful vistas—my goodness they’re gorgeous!— and fine performances make for some slick, enjoyable filmmaking.