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I had to look up the hidden meaning behind this movie. The title actually had a correspondence to what happens but it is very subtle. I honestly did not notice it and was very confused by the ending. So first, I'll start with what I noticed in the movie. No Country for Old Men takes the outcomes of certain roles within a general western action movie and completely reverses them. First, there is the psychopathic killer that actually gets away. Even when Chigur runs into a stroke of bad luck, he still gets away. There is the "hero" that is merely just a thief and seems to be able to get away from the man hunting him down. He ends up dying by minor drug cartel goons while being caught off guard. Even the wife he wanted to protect in the end is killed by Chigur. In the middle of the movie, there is the appearance of a hitman that knows who Chigur is. He appears as someone that can really change the tide of the movie, but is immediately killed by Chigur. This change in outcomes makes the movie awfully realistic and a different movie from the rest.
The most interesting part of the movie is Chigur himself. He works in the same way as natural chaos in the world. His victims honestly have no idea that their last breaths are being taken as Chigur has a casual conversation with them then kills them haphazardly. Especially with Woody Harrelson, who you would assume Chigur would use as leverage is instantly killed by the wince of a shotgun.
Now outside of the action of the movie, is a senior sheriff that is investigating the aftermath of Chigur. This old man is the sole reason of the title and s the most boring aspect of the film. Essentially, the sheriff is still used to the simple crimes of back in the day, where problems were between just two people and you could basically just talk through it. Nowadays, there are brutal crime scenes of a complete massacre and random destruction strewed about with little direction to where anything is going. The sheriff is perplexed by the fact that someone has even been using a compressed air cylinder to break into homes and even kill people. "No Country for Old Men" is as simple as that. The sheriff cannot keep up with the situation and is merely overwhelmed by the complexity and lethality of the people involved.
Good Will Hunting is a very simplistic movie. I believe in the time that it came out, it would've have been seen as a great movie but by now it's more of a clichÃ (C). The introduction of a secret genius hidden amongst a small group of delinquents eventually became convoluted with the presence of immense emotional blockage. At some points, the movie doesn't even seem to follow a simple plot and is more of a timespan of the boy's day to day. The scenes just transfer from spending time with his friends, to his girlfriend, to his professor, to being at work, and to his therapist. Of course, all these events round up to the final singularity near the end of the movie. All in all, it was too realistic, which made it rather boring.
When it comes to being a private investigator, it would seem that being in danger is only a part of the job. Following a serial killer adds more danger than just to themselves. As Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt slowly get to know each other, they come closer and closer to finding the killer that relates his murders to the Seven Sins of the Bible. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt have polar personalities, where Freeman is a calm, orderly senior and Brad Pitt is, of course, the hot heated rookie that rushes into situations head on. For most of the movie, the conflict is between these two trying to acknowledge one another while still trying to find the murderer.
Everything seems to come into peaceful synergy once they come close to capturing the enemy, the only problem is that the killer has managed to get too close to one of them. After almost killing one of them, the killer gains an interest in him and begins to unravel his emotional state. As the two have the murderer in cuffs, in the middle of the desert, he manages to get a package delivered to them. With this package, everything that was built up and sustained till now completely falls apart and the situation falls into the killer's hands.
This movie really reminds me of the fragile instability of our emotions. Even as we work to overlook our natural tendencies, it will always be a part of us. This world requires us to hide our evil away and work with others only using our cooperative traits. When push comes to shove, we cannot help but unleash the primal emotions we have, even if it risks self-destruction.
After not seeing an X-Men movie in a while from this point, I was reminded at just how enjoyable the action scenes are. Although they keep it PG, they don't pull any punches (except for Wolverine anyway). The animations and choreography were seamless and fluid. They're experience in making X-Men movies paid off as the fighting became creative and enticing. A captivating scene is Quicksilver's dash through the kitchen, with water droplets still floating in the air. They took an interesting take on how a person with super human speed interacts with the world. Let's not forget the dramatic sound cut into music when he puts on the headphones too (truly remarkable). Since this was a story dealing with time travel between the aftermath of classic X-Men and X-Men: Origins, there are very plenty Marvel Easter eggs strewn about. Although the conflict is insurmountable, there are a few story points in the movie that don't add up or highly invested into without much interest in return. Also, the abrupt ending was more than cheesy, as the story is brought back to its "golden" days. Other than the plot, this film will definitely entertain action lovers.
A heart intensifying story about Howard Jim Haddock and his fight against Baer for the world title. This movie offers some of the greatest implied messages of being a man and fighting for your family and what you believe in. Russell Crowe did not falter in portraying the unbreakable determination that this fighter had. I was definitely entranced by how steadfast he was, how he didn't back down, and how it seemed like he could read his opponents like a book.
Haddock had certainly fell to a miserable low but still forced himself to beg his peers when it came to his kids. His endurance through working at the docks with a broken hand transferred into a brand new strength for him back in the ring. Haddock was portrayed as always being kind and never letting people get to him. One of the most captivating moments was the final fight against Baer. A remarkable match between a kind warrior and a blood-lusting brawler. To witness the most intense part of that battle, one could believe Haddock must have been one of the bravest men in the world.