Wendell: It's a mess, ain't it, Sheriff?
Ed Tom Bell: If it ain't, it'll do till the mess gets here.
"There Are No Clean Getaways"
I must have been a fucking moron. When I first viewed this movie a few years back, I thought it was overrated. But not only did I think it was overrated; I also thought it was boring and in the end not that good. Like I said, I must have been a fucking moron. Not only is this movie not bad, it may be the Coen's best film. I don't know that it's my favorite from them, but goddamn it is one hell of a film.
While out hunting Llewelyn stumbles upon a bunch of dead bodies, a lot of drugs, and a lot of cash. He winds up with the cash, which a psychopath wants back. He is chased all around Texas by the guy. Now when I say psychopath, this character may be one of the better examples ever put on film. Anton Chigurh is one of the best written villains I have ever seen. Everything from his terrible haircut to his air gun is so well thought out. It's just a creepy and all around terrifying character.
As a huge fan of just about everything the Coen's have ever done, I decided to check this one out again. And thank God I did. It's got everything that makes the Coen's so great. My favorite thing about it though is how the violence is used. Sometimes they show us the kills and other times they don't. With movies like this, you expect the chase to lead up to a standoff in which one man wins. Well, the Coen's aren't going to simplify things like that. In fact, the selling point for many movies isn't even shown in No Country For Old Men. You've gotta fucking love it.
The acting across the board is spectacular. Javier Bardem does a terrific job in a menacing, almost lifeless role. Josh Brolin is at his best. Tommy Lee Jones is Tommy Lee Jones, and Woody Harrelson is just as good as you'd expect in a limited time on screen. The actors all do an extremely good job at playing their characters perfectly, and since the characters are written so well, the combination ends up being about as perfect as you could ask for.
Deserves every bit of praise it got upon it's release, and every award it won. When it comes to watching movies that come as close to perfection as possible anymore, the Coen's are the way to go. There is no way to beat the feeling of watching a Coen brothers film. You know that feeling you have after watching one of the best movies you've ever seen. Yeah I feel like that right now. Just like I did after Lebowski, and Fargo, and O, Brother Where Art Thou, and Barton Fink, and Miller's Crossing. Filmmakers just don't come any better.