NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

January 13, 2008 at 9:00 am | Posted in movies | Leave a comment

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
AMC Loews Stony Brook – January 11, 2008
See DVD UPDATE

Do not read what I am about to post if you plan to see the movie with fresh eyes and mind!

Seriously, I could kill the producers of the Sopranos. Letting modern moviemakers think that fade to black is an acceptable form of ending. I am here to put a stop to it and say NO! I don’t want to look down at my watch (cellphone) to check that two and a half hours have past and then look up and see credits. Out of freakin nowhere! My review should be entitled:

NO ENDING FOR OLD MEN

Having said that, this is a great movie! Highly developed characters with a sense of foreboding that only the Coen Brothers can bring to the big screen. Since I have spoiled the ending at the top of the review, I am going to assume that you have seen it or had no interest in seeing it to begin with. So for the latter, let’s recap:

Guy hunts deer (badly) in desert. Guy finds a circle of trucks with the remnants of mass murder scene and a shitload of heroin. Guy finds 2 million dollars. Takes money back home and stupidly decides to bring the one dying guy a jug of water… gets caught at scene but escapes. Guy is perpetually chased by insane but brilliant psychopathic killer. Police try to solve case. Guy runs from motel to motel, killer follows. Killer catches up with him and kills everyone. On getaway, killer gets into a car accident and walks away wounded with a broken arm. Policeman retires and goes horseback riding. Fade to black.

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Yeah. I’m gonna need to see it again. Still enjoyed myself throughout and was happily jerked at the end. Solid performances by all, including the eldest brother on the GOONIES (Josh Brolin) as the main character whom I call Guy. I just can’t bring myself to call a man Llewyln (pronounced “Lou Ellen”).

The title comes from a Yeats poem, “Sailing to Byzantium”

That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
– Those dying generations – at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.

*Thanks to Making the movie blog for this reference. Link to its more detailed review:
http://www.makingthemovie.info/2007/11/moview-review-no-country-for-old-men.html

RATING: *****/5
Recommendation: SEE IT! Great movie for a friends night out who enjoy the kind of thriller you can sink your teeth into. The Coen Brothers = The “New” Hardy Boys.

no country for old men

After seeing the movie, the tagline “There are no clean getaways” just plain pisses me off. 😛 LOL

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