The Coen brother’s 2007 film “No Country for Old Men” is a brilliant neo western thriller film set in 1980’s west Texas. The story focuses on three main characters who lead very different lives but are strung together by a series of deadly events. Like many westerns these characters embody three distinct roles across the moral spectrum of “good” and “evil” and their fates are reflected as a result of these roles.
This movie teases you with the concept of your classic western, yet it is anything but. The plot takes many twists and turns that will catch you by surprise. The scenery of the movie was very captivating also, from simplistic landscape to complex crime scenes, and the momments of pure silence. Simply with the character of Anton Chigurh do the Coen brothers transform this could be western into a battle of moral rules.
the bleakness in this movie is very revealling. You just feel the futility of life in zoom. The worst part is that that is what it makes it so great. The Coens have that art mastered, they just make you be fascinated about how sad existence can be, and your only consolation is, it is what it is, just live. Cinema aspects, performances, etc, are just obviously great, no need to mention them.
Wow! What a mesmerizing film. A minimalist streak can be seen throughout No Country For Old Men, from the lack of dialogue to the largely absent musical soundtrack. The lack of music helps establish a suspenseful, contemplative atmosphere. One of the best films of the 2000s.
Sparse and completely economical, and for that reason one of the best based-on-the-book blockbusters I've seen, because that's just how McCarthy's prose is. The film adds another dimension of atmosphere and Coen-brothers deadpan timing that makes this better than the book.
I can't remember the last time I was this nervous watching any movie. It's a bleak (heightened by minimal usage of a musical score and the cinematography), thought-provoking masterpiece. Great performances all around, especially Javier Bardem, who made me extremely antsy in every scene he was in.
Easily the best movie of that year and possibly of the 21st century. A deep though provoking film carrying a message about the changing times and an ever deeper one about society. Seems like this one is slipping through the cracks with people who watch it. But trust me it is that good and that important.