Think Pulp Fiction in a more brutal landscape; the same shrewd dialogue, grotesque & fascinating characters, very very black humour.... and a kind of poetic justice (or lack of it?!) that saves it from complete nihilism.
Goodness. This film is unrelenting. It has charm, and indeed a Sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) with a nifty turn of rustic phrase, but that doesn't mean that it lets up for a second.
Javier Bardem is terrifying, Woody Harrelson stragely compelling, and Jones excellent, and Josh Brolin is covincing as the trailer-dwelling man of few words who finds two million dollars at a scene of mass slaughter.
It's just a really good film. Tense, well made, full of nice little details, true to its locale, beautifully shot. And brutal and terrifying. Well worth your time.
A very well made film with actual locations, no cardboard imitations. Javier Bardem is superb following his disappointment at not receiving an oscar for The Sea Inside. This must be his big chance. Supporting roles are worthy of nomination and the story line ticks along with the action. If you are a real movie fan go and see it!! 5 star entertainment.
No Country for Old Men is right up there with the Coen movies that I least dislike. In the first half they actually seem to be interested in making a gripping thriller, and Roger Deakins's photography is almost as stunning as it is in The Assassination of Jesse James. We have to wait at least an hour before arch unreality hobbles the dialogue, and perhaps even 90 minutes before they really betray their weakness for whimsy and the charming eccentricities of backwoods law enforcement personnel. I doubt I'll push the boat out and buy the DVD, but when BBC2 screens it some time in 2013 I might even watch it again. High praise indeed.
This film is genius. I saw it in the US last month, and I was blown away. Very complex narrative; you won't be disappointed.