Friday, June 04, 2010

No Country for Old Men

The Younger Son gave No Country for Old Men to me for Mother's Day, and I chose it to watch tonight. The poor Husband spent a lot of time with his hand between his eyes and the tv screen. There's lots of blood here. This is a 2007 Academy Award-winning Coen brothers film and stars Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem. I found this a stunning film. Literally. I'm stunned. I'll be giving this one a lot of thought, I know.


Roger Ebert gives it 4 stars and says it is "as good a film as the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, have ever made" and "a masterful evocation of time, place, character, moral choices, immoral certainties, human nature and fate." Rolling Stone calls it "an indisputably great movie". Slant Magazine describes it as "masterful". is disappointed. The New York Times says it is "bleak, scary and relentlessly violent. At its center is a figure of evil so calm, so extreme, so implacable that to hear his voice is to feel the temperature in the theater drop." Time Out closes with this:
A masterly tale of the good, the deranged and the doomed that inflects the raw violence of the west with a wry acknowledgement of the demise of codes of honour, this is frighteningly intelligent and imaginative.

1 comment:

  1. This was, without a doubt, my favorite film of 2007, with 'There Will Be Blood' running close behind. Tommy Lee Jones is just magnificent in it, and the Coen brothers' direction is sharper than ever.