No Country For Old Men


(out of 5)

Every once in a long while, the brothers Coen put aside their desire to make us watch their take on one of their favourite old movies and instead create something vibrant and original. For the first time since Fargo (though I really did enjoy The Man Who Wasn’t There) they accomplish this task, creating a moody, intense western that is probably their best film after the aforementioned snowbound classic.  (superb), is a Texas welder on a hunting excursion in the desert who comes across a group of dead bodies, abandoned drugs and a bag full of money. Across the state, a demon in human form () is on a trail towards the cash and will stop at nothing to get it. Brolin gets his sweet wife () to go hide out with her mother before setting himself on a course in the hopes of outwitting Bardem, but the stakes get crazier as the journey becomes more and more twisted. Riveting from start to finish, this is a perfectly polished film that grabs hold of you and never lets you go, even when the final third goes in some pretty unexpected places.  shines as the sheriff who has seen too much and is starting to be affected by his job, while  makes a brief appearance as his wife. Somehow Brolin makes the average qualities of his character entirely compelling, while Bardem’s villain is probably the scariest bad guy the screen has seen in decades. Adapted, most skillfully, from the novel by Cormac McCarthy (All The Pretty Horses).

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USA, 2007

Directed by ,

Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Academy Awards 2007

American Film Institute 2007.  

Cannes Film Festival 2007

Golden Globe Awards 2007

New York Film Critics Awards 2007.

Toronto International Film Festival 2007

Washington Film Critics Awards 2007.

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