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No Country For Old Men
Review by Ross Anthony

Perhaps, I'm out of the loop. Perhaps, I'm missing the higher meaning, the artistic twist, the bold filmmaking move. I really think I am missing it, because I'm a big fan of the Coens. But, I've got to say, I'm not much appreciating this picture.

The big reason for that, is that I like film's that climax powerfully -- either emotionally or even with action -- or both. But "No Country" climaxes with neither. As best I can tell the climactic scene has been surgically removed from the production. I'm not kidding, I'm not being metaphoric, I am being literal. There's pretty good build, excellent tension in spots, an engaging story, the arc heads up towards -- towards -- towards? And then resolution. Where did my climactic scene go? It's as if the Coens made a bet that they could do it, that they were brave enough to release a film without a climax. Or perhaps, stubbornly wanted to make a point. Apparently other critics are impressed with that point. Me? I'm not, I like my climax sandwiched strongly between my build and resolution. That said, I enjoyed ...

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... Llewel's brief talks with himself at night. I liked the exchanges between the old Sheriffs -- of which there wasn't enough. Actually, I thought it would be great if Andy Griffith was cast in the Tommy Lee Jones role. But, I suppose he's a tad old for it, and Tommy's a fine actor. Loved the jug of water scene.

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  • No Country For Old Men. Copyright © 2007.
  • Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Kelly MacDonald, Woody Harrelson, Stephen Root.
  • Directed Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.
  • Screenplay Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.
  • Produced Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Scott Rudin.

Grade..........................B- (1.5/4)


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