No Country for Old Men movie review - Aussieboyreviews
IS NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN CENTRED ON WESTERN MAYHEM?
The film is centred on a Western-set story, loaded with brutal violence. It’s an entertaining and thought-provoking, but often slow movie created by the Coen brothers. Definitely worth the awards!
A hunter’s life turns around when he discovers two million dollars while strolling through the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong. He is then hunted down by a psychopath who wants the money.
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald
Writer: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Release Date (Australia): 20 December 2007
Runtime: 122 minutes/2h 2m
Genre: Crime, Western, Thriller
Language: English, Spanish
CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The film contains thematic elements including murder, crime and drug trafficking.
The film contains scenes of strong violence, including shootings that are accompanied by large blood sprays. There is also injury detail.
The film contains infrequent use of the word “f**k”, in addition to uses of “ass”, “bitch”, “hell” and “damn”.
The film includes depictions of heroin bricks in the back of a truck.
The film includes mild verbal references to sex.
R (for strong graphic violence and some language)
Aussie boy's thoughts
The Coen brothers definitely master in heavy themes and fascinating characters, but there’s a significant spark missing, making No Country for Old Men one of the most overrated films of 2007. It’s such a pity, especially considering that the lost crumb is a large component and can overshadow plenty of gloom that this film just happened to stagger upon.
A lot of big, compelling and award-winning elements are utterly, but not entirely, crushed by the lack of this spark. You’d think from every other section of the film that it would be perfect. No Country for Old Men is effective in several senses, including its ability to totally avoid background soundtrack, feature engrossing character development and a very interesting storyline. Not only do Joel and Ethan Coen focus with excellent direction, but the actors and the entire design in general are also brilliant.
But there’s just one thing: they’re all a little overrated. Is it the actual performances and filmmaking crew that’s overrated, or is it just the flatness? Actually, and saying again, the lack of rapidity is destroying the best things about this could’ve-been-masterpiece. The plot is great, but the dividing of it throughout a 2 hour runtime eliminates the ability to be compelling and leaves it half empty. The difficulty to concentrate is also an additional result.
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