After the abysmal one where George Clooney gets divorced and the Lady Killers remake, which I couldn't even bring myself to see, I never thought the day would come when I could again get excited about a new Coen Brothers' movie.
That day has come.
Not only is No Country for Old Men, their faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel, one of the greatest in their repertoire, it stands as one of, if not THE very best new movies I've seen in quite a long time.
Built on sparse dialog, no music but the Texas wind, some of the most stunning and refined cinematography ever by Roger Deakins (there are two simple television reflection shots that are noteworthy in themselves), and superb acting by Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt, Woody Harrelson, and a genuinely menacing Javier Bardem as one scary villain – No Country is honestly a near perfect film.
Josh Brolin, of Goonies fame, plays Llewellyn Moss, a trailer park nobody who stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and takes the money left behind. And hell follows with him.
A tense, terse and intelligent chase movie at heart, the film is also concerned with the evils of this world; a dangerous world that has always been and always will be dangerous. A world where men must choose the codes they live by until the day they die or, as in Tommy Lee Jones' case,?are lucky to grow old enough to become desperately world weary. It's as nihilistic as it is just plain cool.
It's a manly movie, perhaps the toughest and manliest I've ever seen with loads of violence and action, but just as much quite contemplation.
I can't wait for you to see it.