Friday, January 6, 2012

100 Films You Must See #96

#96
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
2007


I'll let you in on a secret, there are four Coen Brother's films in my list, three of which are heavily reliant on crime rather than comedy. The rest you can figure for yourself. There is always a thin line between both in their films. If one of their characters don't make you laugh, the circumstances of their decisions will always make you chirp out with shy laughter. The Coen's are masters of this sort of storytelling. This time very much along the lines of their masterpiece debut Blood Simple 1984, this is pure crime/thriller. Yes there are times of pure absurdity, where you can double take at the screen and wonder why? but it works as it does most the time in their pictures.

No Country For Old Men is adapted from the book of the same name, by Cormac McCarthy, I never read the book. I'm not one that is super-religious on how true a film-maker stays to the original text. After all these are two very different mediums, but one tells me that it stays true and from reading All The Pretty Horses and The Road and their subsequent films, you know that Cormac writes in a very filmic way.

But again, the characters and story are what set's Coen Brothers films apart, with the former being more of a priority. Usually it's having characters and allowing them to take the plot forward, back, right, left or whatever. This is for all to see within their writing. No Country For Old Men is a crime about pace and timing, it will not get caught up in action, the action is an afterthought to the positions their characters find themselves in. It is also a thriller that leaves you wondering and anticipating, much like Blood Simple. So what's your hesitation? watch it friend-O!



100 Films You Must See

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