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No Movie For Young Men
on March 14, 2008
I can see why some people would have a problem with this movie. It is a violent, brooding movie with an ending that will have you saying, "That's it?". Plus, several scenes end without showing what happens to the characters, leaving the audience to guess what may or may not have occurred. I think it is important to remember that this is an adapted screenplay from a Cormac McCarthy novel. I read the book shortly after seeing this film and feel that the Coen brothers did a very good job. Except for excluding a couple of chapters, the film follows the book almost exactly. So, if you feel that this movie is entirely the Coen brother's fault you better think again. Some blame has to go to the source material.
Personally, I love movies like this. Movies where everything is not tied together nicely, where the good guy doesn't always succeed, and where the traditional rules of Hollywood are broken. If you expect a movie where the good guy vanquishes the bad guy in a gun-battling, car-chasing climax then you better rent something else. If you want a happy ending, you may want to watch the movie 'Enchanted' instead as another reviewer suggested. Nothing works out for any of the characters. This includes the main bad guy Anton Chigurh played by Javier Bardem. What should be a simple job of retrieving 2 million dollars of missing drug money from a local good ole' boy turns into a really big headache for him. He then goes on a murder spree just because he was so inconvenienced. That is what makes this character really scary. He'll do anything to finish the job, and he'll dish out triple the amount of pain bestowed upon him.
As for the ending, you must keep the title of the movie in mind. No Country For Old Men partly refers to the young drug runners who are often gunned down early in their careers. Few of them will ever see old age. It also refers to Tommy Lee Jones' character. He is an old man struggling to understand the viciousness of today's criminals. He finds himself unable to adapt, hence feeling that there is no place for him anymore in his own country (which happens to be Texas). His dialogues at the end of the movie further these points among other things.
This movie has great characters, wonderful settings, dramatic directing and a good adapted screenplay. If you enjoy movies that do not fit the standard Hollywood mold than you will like No Country For Old Men.