No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
My Overall Thoughts:
I think that when one looks at the list of films nominated for BP this year, it is clear to see a trend; none of them are spectacular take-your-breath-away films.
The year of 2007 was weak one for films and it is easily reflected here when looking at this list.
In a normal Oscar year, there is a possibility that none of them (yes, NONE of them) would have made the cut within the 5 nominees.
Thankfully, this is just considered an off year and things got back on track the following year.
- 5. – Michael Clayton – Great performances by Clooney and Tilden make this a gripping film, but in a normal year, this probably wouldn’t have made the cut for a BP nomination
- 4. – Atonement – Epic tone makes this seem like it fits with the kind of film that could make this list, but the ending doesn’t do the story the justice it needs and feels a bit lackluster.
- 3. – There Will Be Blood – Day Lewis is once again superb here and this film is all him. The narrative is good, but again not great.
- 2. – Juno – Fun and quirky film that works on so many levels, but once again, the question remains as to whether this kind of film would normally have made the cut in a normal, better year
- 1. – No Country For Old Men – The Coen Brother know how to tell great stories, but this one seems a bit disjointed. I know I sound like a broken record, but in a better year, this one also might not have even been able to make the cut.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Sorta.. The choices this year were all good, but none were great. NCFOM is a very good movie, but something is lacking to have made it a great choice among the other BP winners of the past, but given the choices in the ok year, it was the best of the lot.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!