Posted on 3/17/08 12:42 PM
No Country for Old Men
[left]Arrrrgh. I can't think of a movie that has ever jerked me up and down the ratings scale like this one did. I went into it not expecting much. I don't like Cormac McCarthy. I don't like the Coen Brothers. The plot didn't sound that interesting. I really was only watching it because it won Best Picture.
75% though this movie, I was loving it. LOVING IT. I'm talking a solid 9. I was totally surprised and riveted by Josh Brolin of all people being chased by Javier Bardem and I was already preparing an indignant rant about Tommy Lee Jones being ignored for his role.
Then the entire impetus for the movie ended. Off-screen. And the movie rambled on, making increasingly less sense, resolving nothing, and it all leads up to the biggest WTF ending of all-time.
I'm depressed because I really could have loved this movie. It just crumbled to dust and I'm not really sure that even the six I'm giving it is justified since I'm left with a negative impression of the film overall. The performances are outstanding and I think the movie is worth watching just for those alone. But, again, the "best picture" of the year wouldn't even crack my top 25.