Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just watched NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

Hmmmm...

I'll say that I liked it, even though right now I'm still trying to figure out everything that it was supposed to be about. But most films by the Coen Brothers are like that with me: a two-hour headlong crash through striking visuals, original characters and eclectic dialogue that entertains even as you're trying to suss out the meaning of it all.

And that ending! Was not prepared for that. Because that's not like any movie with Tommy Lee Jones that I've ever seen! I... ahhh... I won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen it yet. I spent the first few moments after it a bit frustrated, then realized it was because I was demanding an expectation to be fulfilled and that wasn't what this was about.

Okay, guess I'll be watching this again :-)

3 comments:

Matt said...

I've watched a little bit a while back, and what I saw was quite good. I was quite a fan of how the sounds make up the soundtrack of the film.

Anonymous said...

great movie, I love the shot near the beginning with the protagonist running towards the lightening storm in the distance. Superb work by the Coen Bros, and I too was caught by surprise by the ending. Wowie. Good stuff...even if the conclusion is a rather somber one.

Chris Knight said...

I'm going to watch it again later tonight (after something else that I'll be posting pictures of later :-P)

The more and more that I find myself meditating upon it, the more that I'm thinking that No Country For Old Men might rank up there not only with one of the greatest ever by the Coens, but maybe one of the greatest films in recent years, period. This is a Best Picture.

I was telling my mom about it yesterday, and I now think there are two themes at work in the movie. One is of course what the sheriff is feeling: that this really is becoming "no country for old men" (though those exact words are never said aloud). The other can best be summed up thusly: "The Lord causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust". And even though OUR concept of justice may not always be met, justice does more often than not happen.

So in that sense, it's a sobering movie... but also an uplifting one.

I can see that I'm gonna be contemplatin' this one for a long time to come :-)