Thursday, January 24, 2008

wig shop at the movies : no country for old men

Well, time for some blog filler. Since no one else seems inspired to write, I thought I'd share a few first impressions on a movie I saw tonight:
No Country for Old Men.
Awesome. Violent. Creepy. Memorable. Tense. Bones sticking out of arms.
I haven't read the book, but I am a big fan of Cormac McCarthy. I'm making my way through his Appalachian novels, which he wrote before the "Border Trilogy" that No Country is a part of. And I also love many of the Coen brothers' movies. So I had high expectations...
The verdict? I'm happy to say that it lived up to the current hype. If you don't like "slice of life" character study type movies (like my wife) you may not be so taken with it. It doesn't resolve itself neatly, so don't go expecting a tidy story. No Country is not a plot driven movie. It does, however, give you characters that will stay in your mind for a long time to come. It has scenes that you will replay in your mind over and over. It has subtlety that will keep you thinking things out after you leave the theater. It has the best villain of any movie since Silence of the Lambs.
Go see it.
Rating: 9/10 wigs on the Wigometer


Dave and Thomas said...

A fantastic movie with a true WTF! moment at the end. One of the Coen's best flicks yet.

Anonymous said...

I give it an 11/10. Javier Bardem kicks ass in his role. Read the book and tell me if you think there's a connection to The Road in there. I do.

ck said...

I thought one of the most artful/disturbing scenes was when he strangled the cop to death. All the boot scuff marks on the floor from him struggling: the visual reminder of the complete desperation of "prey" caught by a predator.

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