4/12/2008

Movie Review: No Country For Old Men

I finally was able to catch the most recent Oscar winner for Best Picture: No Country For Old Men. I've been quite busy lately and this movie was the perfect "reward" for the stuff I've been doing.

Now on to the film: The movie won an Oscar deservingly-- The Coen Brothers were able to translate Pulitzer-winning author Cormac McCarthy's work into a tension-filled film. Although set in a rural Texas town near the U.S.-Mexico border in 1980, it's not your typical Western shoot-em-up. On the contrary, the movie lays down themes like chance, justice and fate. I find it the thinking man's action movie, if you know what I mean.

Rather than relying on big bangs and grand gun fights, the movie uses silence and makes the viewer imagine the action since a great deal of the movie shows what happened after the action. The pacing of the movie is almost perfect-- I personally didn't like the anti-climactic epilogue. The movie also has a very memorable baddie played by Javier Bardem. He's probably the villain with the worst looking set of weapons.

Over-all, the movie for me is near perfect: a gripping movie with great cast acting and memorable characters. Really a great movie to cap my week.


Rating: 4.5/5


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