No Country for Old Men Reviews
January 30, 2015
Sleek and self-assured, one of the best Coen films on the list. Full review later.
April 21, 2014
No Country for Old Men is a film which manages to mix Drama, Crime and Thrilling moments to create a film with no boundaries and is not afraid to be slow and cautious to be good drama. Yet another film created by a brotherly duo who it is safe to say are some of the best around in the film industry Directing and Writing wise and never seem to make films that are not at the very least good films. I personally felt that this film was firmly an excellent film and here below is why.
The story is as I say slow but with it's plot slowly seeping through to us the viewer, we are left with a thrilling film that can put us on the edge of our seats but at the same time leave us feeling something different for each and every character. With this movie you also get the scary personality of the basic villain but with no main character either it leaves us thinking who in the end won the game in this movie, and who lost, I think to be fair, that is for you to decide because no clear indications are ever given.
The real star of this is of course Javier Bardem who's hauntingly brilliant portrayal of hit man Chigurgh is both well acted and well written in, and with even his hair style making him seem more evil, Bardem controls all aspects of this film. Josh Brolin as the character we could possibly consider the main character does a good job and seems courageous but slightly scared in this dark role Brolin takes on. The rest of the follow up cast such as Tommy Lee Jones do a good job and Jones in particular although I would have like to have seen more of him, he manages to create a man who just understands all to well about human nature.
The Coen Brothers are of the course the main men behind this excellent production and direct and write this as well if the best they have ever done in there movie career. With a script that delves right into the heart of the characters, I felt that was one of the biggest positivity's in this film and created a film you couldn't not listen too. Even when the film gets slow the Brothers somehow manage to make this entertaining and bring to the party all there skills they have learnt previously in film, with a dabble of even comedy in certain parts which make the films characters almost insane.
I felt although very little criticism should be aimed at this, the film never reaches the heights of being superb or anywhere near sublime as the story is a good one but I did feel it wasn't that smart and the Coen Brothers can make stories much more complex than this. The film is at parts very slow and with so much dialogue used at certain times, I would forgive people who disliked this because of that point, the film also lacks a climatic kind of feel and it ends with you thinking possibly, just possibly "is that it".
Those who love the brothers work should love this too as although it may lack the smart angle I was saying about, it still boats magnificent acting and a thrilling plot which is also very good drama too. People who like basic dramas should also like this but the same goes for those looking for big loud film, stay away, people in this aren't killed just to entertain you they are part of the intricate plot and no one is deemed safe at all. I would also say if any people like watching films that did well at the Oscars this is one and it is a good mix of what all Oscar movies seem to have in them.
Overall I give it a high 8/10, a Firmly Great movie which although doesn't warrant a moving up in rating, can I feel from you the audience be loved even more so than my rating and review. With the Coen Brothers they have made film that are brilliant, and after watching this I just thought "keep making more exquisite films guys" and so should you as I really do believe there are so many films they have made, it would be impossible for everyone to at least like one of them.
January 27, 2015
Bardem is diabolical. He is a terrible person murdering all those people. Why did Penelope Cruz marry him? LOL
I'm obviously frustrated with the ending and consequently, having a hard time separating the actor from the role.
January 24, 2015
Xavier Bardem's portrayal of the relentless killer is genuinely terrifying.
Another instant classic from the masterful Coen brothers clan.
January 21, 2015
Worst movie I ever seen. When Moss cross the border and is awakened by a band of Mariachi I thought it was a parody. OverOverRated
|Jose Luis M.||
January 20, 2015
Uno de los mejores films de los Coen , la primera parte bien resuelta con un suspense y una cinematografia bien logrados , falla en algunos personajes el woody Harrelson es insulso y el de Tommy Lee Jones muy moralista.
January 11, 2015
Filming on the bleak, seemingly infinite deserts of Texas and New Mexico, the Coen brothers accomplished the impossible: the filming of a Cormac McCarthy novel. The movie opens with our protagonist, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), stumbling upon the striking wreckage of a drug deal done gone awry, and finding a briefcase containing 2 million dollars. Attempting to make this money his own, Llewelyn takes the briefcase and unknowingly sets off an unstoppable chain of violence, as he is tracked down by the ruthless Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem.
The performances in No Country for Old Men are spectacular, especially that of Bardem. Anton Chigurh embodies pure, brutal evil so convincingly, that at times it is hard to remember that Bardem is just acting. The film offers amazing visuals and elements of a heart-pounding thriller, while also feeling like a character study of Moss and Chigurh. The film is also incredibly focused, with almost every sentence uttered by the characters feeling intriguing and important to the progression of the story.
One of the most interesting and effective tools used by the Coen brothers throughout the movie is the usage of silence. The film completely lacks any cinematic music or soundtrack, allowing the dead, yet piercing silence to take over some of the most suspenseful moments, making them more spine-tingling than any music ever could.
Ultimately, No Country is an incredibly suspenseful, thought-provoking, and thrilling ride with incredible direction by Joel and Ethan Coen to bring the novel to life.
January 10, 2015
Acting - 9
Writing - 8.5
Dialogue - 9
Plot & Characterization - 8.5
Cinematography & Editing - 9.5
Soundtrack/Score & Set Design - 9
How much I enjoyed it personally - 9
January 17, 2015
I really enjoyed the film. It grabs you in from beginning to end, it can be slow at time but once it gets going it's wonderful.
June 28, 2008
"No Country for Old Men" is an adrenaline-packed Western that holds nothing back, especially when it comes to violence and blood. The Coen brothers' screenplay creates a game of cat and mouse between a man who stumbles upon $2 million, a sheriff, and a hitman who kills without sympathy or remorse. Javier Bardem is pure intensity and makes one of the most terrifying villains ever. In addition to being big and scary, his emotionless use of a captive bolt pistol on anybody (particularly innocent people) that stand in his way makes him unpredictable and heartless. It isn't often that an Oscar is given for a villainous role, but Bardem absolutely deserved it. He is joined by Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, and Kelly Macdonald, who all turn in memorable performances. While 2007 wasn't a very strong Oscar class, the quality of acting in this film definitely made it my number one for the year. It is deserving of its Oscar wins for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, even if it likely wouldn't have won in more competitive years. The script creates an atmospheric look at 1980's Texas and, while it moves slow at times, it tells an interesting story. Everything is awesome about this film... except for its anticlimactic ending. I know that many critics have defended it saying "But you have to read into the symbolism of his dreams" or "They ended it the same way as the novel," but if everybody walks out of the theater with disappointment, can it really be the right ending? I'd definitely recommend "No Country for Old Men" as long as you aren't expecting anything lighthearted or calm.
October 31, 2010
As a whole, the movie does come off rather disappointing by the time it reaches its credits, but still, this is an intense, well-directed, incredibly acted (particularly by Javier Bardem), and while I wouldn't give it best picture of the year, I still consider it to be a very memorable and heart racing thriller, despite it going out with a whimper.
January 5, 2015
A modern classic, it's well directed, well acted and has an excellent plot. A must see for anyone who likes westerns or the Coen brothers.
January 4, 2015
A ruthlessly efficient thriller, and proof that no one makes crime movies quite like the Coens, No Country for Old Men is based on the stoic anti-western novel by Cormack McCarthy where the main character sees a way out of his trailer in a stolen bag of bloodied bills. Chance and destiny are invoked in the most resonant, least pretentious way in the sinister form of Anton the hit man who coldly and relentlessly hunts our...anti-hero. The Coens, long revered for their intermittently manic and macabre storylines, do a 180 and take a more dangerous tack with some morbid themes. A coin toss, a drug deal gone wrong and an unstoppable force with a bowl-cut collide in the Coens' violent, tormenting and pitilessly bleak film. Honestly, how many other directors could make an assassin in a Delia Smith wig terrifying?
January 2, 2015
A ridiculously good film. Fantastic ending which offers more questions than answers. Keeps you hooked all the way through. Bardem is terrific and thoroughly deserves his Oscar.
January 10, 2008
I could have rated this one 4/5 but i had wanted a bit more of the end of this great movie altho it ends fairly. Otherwise the movie is well made and its quite easy to follow the main story and the tempo is slow , perhaps to slow sometimes. Story shortly is about a mad killer on hunting after his money and the taker.. We see some great actors like Tommy Lee Jones , Woody Harrelson and Josh Brolin which is gettin more and more big roles these days. Overall this a nice movie and a bit different compared to other Coen movies altho the Coen feeling is there.
August 6, 2011
4.75. Nobody wins. Great acting especially by Javier Bardem.
December 29, 2014
There are films that you see once and never need to see again. Then there are films that merit watching a second or third time. Then there's No Country for Old Men. You could teach an entire class about this film. The controversial ending forces you to think about the multitude of messages the movie tries to communicate rather than the intense and suspenseful plot itself. It's hard to discuss this film without any spoilers, but just know that to fully understand and appreciate everything that is going on you must pay attention to the relationship between what different characters say and how they act, rather than the (eventually revealed) facade of violence that envelopes the majority of the movie. And even then, the violence itself is important. This is probably one of the most intelligently put-together movies ever made, and its genius lies in that everyone can come away with a unique message that isn't necessarily wrong or right.
November 18, 2007
This is a very unique film. It may require several viewings to understand it. Probably one of the best suspense films I've seen in a long time and also one of the most original films I've ever seen.
December 21, 2014
feedin' suspense each second long, directors amusing themselves with our tension. High quality
December 17, 2014
"No Country For Old Men" is, at its core an extremely simple premise but is skyrocketed to an unprecedented level of excellence from its darkly comical tone; an element blended together through the fantastic performances and excellent direction by the Coen brothers.