Sunday, December 9, 2007

No Country For Old Men

While I had my doubts about seeing The Golden Compass, I was confident that I would enjoy seeing No Country For Old Men. The Coen Brothers, Tommy Lee Jones, a violent movie about a hitman and stolen money - sounds like an entertaining film. And entertaining it was. For those of you with a dark sense of humor and the stomach to handle violence, No Country For Old Men is most definitely your kind of movie. I liked several of the Coen's previous movies: Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou, and of course, The Big Lebowski. Their movies have dialog driven storylines, with (typically) dark themes and are injected with a twisted sense of humor. They don't assume that their audiences are morons or have attentions spans so short that they need to deliver flashbacks to scenes that appeared earlier in the same film. For these reasons, the Coen's should be applauded. The thing that surprised me most about No Country For Old Men was the ending (which I will not reveal). I appreciated the fact that they left the audience with something to talk about. Too many films wrap everything up in a nice bow (Da Vinci Code)... and everyone forgets everything they just saw (Spider-Man 3). You will have much to ponder as the credits roll (and on your way home - or later still) and you will remember what happened. No Country For Old Men may top my list of top films of 2007... so far, which just might be my next post...

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