Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #235 No Country for Old Men

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Movie #235 No Country for Old Men

(2007, US, d. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

A film far too analyzed in critical studies, No Country for Old Men is so simple, it’s mistaken for being complex. In a single sentence, it’s about a two guys who want the same wad of money. One is chasing the other. We have the stone-faced, satanic serial killer on our left, played by Javier Bardem. And we have our good guy Texas boy on our right, played by Josh Brolin. It’s a silent film. An atmospheric film that is as much about the Texas landscape as it is about greed and fate. It moves slowly, yet with definition and precision. The actors are pitch-perfect, the tension delivered to a tee, and the suspense sometimes unbearable. There are only a few lines spoken in the film and the ones that matter are cryptic enough to make us think. It is a film about doubt, a film that leaves us with more questions than we came in with. About the ending, about the characters’ fates, motives, and even the film’s time period. But the basic line is this: it’s a wonderful, wonderful film from the Coen brothers that will keep you on the the edge of your seat.

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