Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2000. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Miramax. Screenplay by Ted Tally, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Cinematography by Barry Markowitz. Produced by Robert Salerno, Billy Bob Thornton. Music by Larry Paxton, Marty Stuart, Kristin Wilkinson. Production Design by Clark Hunter. Costume Design by Doug Hall. Film Editing by Sally Menke. Golden Globe Awards 2000. National Board of Review Awards 2000.
Hauntingly beautiful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s celebrated novel. Finding himself without a home after his Hollywood-bound mother sells the family’s Texas ranch, Matt Damon travels down to Mexico with best friend Henry Thomas to find work and a place to stay. The vistas are gorgeous and the poetry that is created by Thornton’s excellent mix of musical score, photography and subtle editing make it one of the very best films this year. Damon’s performance is unforgettable, while Penelope Cruz does her best with the dull role of love interest.