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Sunday, November 25, 2007

No Country for Old Men

First of all, let me tell you my opinion on the Coen Brothers. I like "Fargo". I think "The Big Lebowski" is overrated and I can't stand "O Brother Where Art Thou?". I just saw "Old Country for Old Men" the other night and I enjoyed it. Definitely, their best film since "Fargo".

This film is intense. It revolves around a man (Josh Brolin) discovering a stash of money and a truckload of heroin from an apparent drug deal gone wrong in the middle of the desert. The rest of the film is the chase that ensues between the man and a bounty hunter (Javier Bardem) in search for the money. Meanwhile, the local sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) is following the pursuit, but is always a step behind.

Javier Bardem is awesome. He plays a bounty hunter to chilling perfection. His poise is haunting as he interacts with a collection of characters during the film. Every time he's on screen, you have to get a little nervous. He's that good at his role. He carries around a cattle gun and a silencer. He's simply a bad ass. There's a reason why people have been so crazy about is performance.

My big issue with this film is the ending. It was lackluster and left me disappointed. I honestly thought it ruined the whole experience for me. Here is where my comparison begins between this film and "There Will Be Blood" (that film ends with a bang, plain and simple).

Both these films have a lot in common, really. They have a similar look, feel, and themes throughout. Yet, Anderson's film left more of a mark on me. Some could argue that I'm biased, but watch both these films before you say anything. The Coen Brothers film is very good. I'm not knocking it, but it's not as good as P.T.'s latest work.

I know everyone is talking about "No Country for Old Men" being the best film of the year and some idiots are calling it the best of the decade. Let's slow down a little before we anoint this film. "No Country for Old Men" does have a great lethal combination of being both artistically brilliant and commercially acceptable, where films such as "There Will Be Blood" and "The Assassination of Jesse James..." are not. Still, I'm not sold on this movie.

I don't where this film will end up. It should be interesting. In conclusion, should you see this movie? Yes. Just do yourself a favor and see "There Will Be Blood" when it comes out in about a month.

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