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No country for old men

Posted by Katie on 2007-11-23 10:44:08
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So I knew going in that this was going to be one of those movies that makes me uncomfortable. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but I figured it would have something to do with the cold-hearted violence.

And absolutely, cold-hearted it was.

Quick overview - The movie begins with one of the leads - Llewellyn (played very well by Josh Brolin and looking frighteningly like his dad) happening upon the scene of a shoot out. He tracks the last man standing, finds a bag of money, and ruins his life. Because he then gets chased across the country by one of the scariest, cold blooded killers ever portrayed in a movie - Chigurgh (played by Javier Bardem). This guy's expression pretty didn't change the entire film, which was freaky in itself, but couple that with his method of killing and the way he spoke, and he was chilling man. Chasing the two of them is the Sheriff (played by Tommy Lee Jones), he's trying to save Llewellyn and doesn't even understand who the hit man is. At one point they call Chigurgh a ghost, a prophecy which is totally lived out at the end of the movie.

Anyway, there's lots of seat squirming violence, but it's almost always over as soon as it starts. There's also good witty dialogue that breaks up the kind of mouth open - I can't believe I just saw that moments.

I enjoyed pretty much everything about the film, the lighting was incredible and the actors themselves were pretty impeccable (Woody Harrelson has a small but good part). Overall, really good, not one I would suggest seeing alone because I kind of had a stunned moment at the end where I had to think over everything you saw and deal with it a little bit, and that's easier to do if you can look to the person beside you and realize they're thinking the same thing.

The only drawbacks to the movie in my mind was the ending, which I didn't love and which was left slightly open to interpretation and sentimentality (something not very present in the rest of the movie), and Chigurgh's accent. Javier Bardem is spanish, and that definitely came out. I spent a bit of time during the movie wondering if he was supposed to sound mexican or if he just had a hard time with an american accent. A small distraction that didn't really take away from the film itself.
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