My Film Group is still meeting on Mondays, in our Club Room, to view films at 1:00pm. Thanks to Maureen for borrowing this film from the public library.
No Country for Old Men (2007) is written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. It’s genre is neo-western, neo-noir thriller. It is well within it’s genre as it certainly is a thriller, on the dark side, as we would expect from the Coen brothers.
The cast is fantastic, with Tommy Lee Jones as Ed Tom Bell, Josh Brolin as llewelyn Moss, and Woody Harrelson as Carson Wells. Javier Bardem is outstanding as Anton Chigurh, the superstitious hit man, who gives his victims a chance when he asks them to choose the result of the flip of a coin. He is the personification of Evil, and causes his audience to shudder whenever they see him. The rest of the cast are appropriate for their parts, and play well.
The writing and direction is highly professional, again, as we expect from the Coen brothers. The film won four awards at the 80th Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem); and Best Adapted Screenplay. I remember seeing it when it first came out, and really enjoying it, but wondering why I did so. Seeing it again, I felt the same way. It is violent, to say the least, and my favourite performer, Javier Bardem, is a psychopathic killer. These Coen brothers certainly have a way of messing with my mind.
I enjoyed viewing No Country for Old Men this second time. I could see more clearly how black was the humour. The western theme of a stranger arriving in town, changing the town by his actions, and then leaving, was there in Anton Chigurh, especially on his own belief that it is fate that has brought him into the lives he is destroying. The ending was ambiguous, which I also liked. What was Chigurh going to do now? Javier Bardem was considered a supporting actor in this part. I thought he really was the main character. There was also the unanswered question: what happened to the money?
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