No Country For Old Men (2007) – Encore Review

“What you got ain’t nothin’ new. This country’s hard on people. You can’t stop what’s coming. It ain’t all waiting on you. That’s vanity.” – Ellis

Number of Times Seen – 3 Times (27 Dec 2007, 16 Feb 2014 and 9 Feb 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A hit man is hired to find a hunter who accidentally showed up at a drug deal gone bad and took a briefcase filled with money.

My Take on it – Excellent film that works on numerous levels.

The characters are all created in a very complex way which makes them even more enjoyable to watch.

The Coen Brothers know how to create so much tension and suspense in their stories and it’s grate watching how the story plays out.

The film is done in a way that forces the viewer to play close attention because there are certain aspects of the plot that play out in the background and if one doesn’t pay enough attention, they can miss key points.

The cast is superb with Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson are giving great performances here.

The best character tho is Anton Chigurh who is played so well by Javier Bardem.

He deservingly won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work here because it’s so hard to look away whenever his character is on screen.

This film was also able to deservingly win 3 other Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture.

The plot is great and the complexity of it all adds so much to the suspense of things especially given the fact that we follow 3 different characters whose paths are seemingly destined to converge at some point.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen used a photo of a brothel patron taken in 1979 as a model for Anton Chigurh’s hair style. When he first saw his new haircut, Javier Bardem said, “Oh no, now I won’t get laid for the next two months.” The Coens responded by happily high-fiving each other; Bardem’s response meant Chigurh would look as creepy as they had hoped. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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