Sunday, March 30, 2008

No Country for Old Men: What I Was Missing

It may be surprising, but I had gone without seeing the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men until yesterday afternoon, when I finally popped it in and hoped for the best. I wasn’t disappointed, and I immediately regretted waiting so darn long to experience this movie myself after hearing its praises since last fall.
When Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles across a drug deal gone wrong—complete with dead bodies and a deceased dog or two—he snags $2 million dollars for himself. Of course, sociopath Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) isn’t too happy about this and kills everyone in his path as he pursues Moss and the stolen money. Small town sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) tries to make sense of it all as he leads an investigation into this seemingly endless series of killings to bring Chigurh to justice.
Anton Chigurh is one of the most terrifying monsters we’ve seen on-screen in some time. Speaking in low, gravelly tones and toting a cattle gun (horrible way to go, it seems), Chigurh—and Bardem through his phenomenal performance—bring this film a necessary level of menace that keeps the tension high throughout.
And let’s not forget Josh Brolin. Who would have thought that the older brother from The Goonies would be taking Hollywood by storm nearly 25 years later? From Planet Terror to In the Valley of Elah to American Gangster to No Country for Old Men, Brolin is on a serious roll. And I say good for him.
I may be late to the party, but I’m sure as hell glad I came. No Country for Old Men lives up to the hype, and is a worthy addition to any DVD collection. It's a buy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i still haven't seen it. of course, you know after reading this review, im going to definitely go out and get it. i want to join the party too!