Best Picture Commentary: No Country for Old Men

Apologies for the radio silence, but I had to step away and pay close, close attention to my new granddaughter, Miss M. She’s the cutest baby ever (well, next to her mom and uncle Kyle)! But time to get back to business, and as I watched this Best Picture winner at the beginning of the month (maybe even the end of March), it’s time to get some commentary out of the way.

Best picture for 2007, based on a book written by Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men is another violent, disturbing movie. But there was something about this one. Was it like a train wreck that you could not look away from? Something like that, but not because it was so bad, but because it was so good.

no-country-for-old-menThe 3 main actors were all outstanding. Tommy Lee Jones as Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss, welder and Vietnam vet who finds a fortune in the desert, and is in a run for his life to keep the money, and finally, Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh, the hitman and bad guy central to the story. Bardem won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and rightfully so.

Unlike a lot of movies out there, the themes of this movie will stick with you. Fate, predestination and chance play out as the lives of the 3 men become intertwined. And Chigurh’s twisted moral code will leave you doing a double take.

This is a movie that I would watch again, as I am sure I will see so much more on a second viewing there is so much there.



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