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  • All the men seem bent on men trying to cowboy up and deal with the problem in true Texas fashion
  • The best performance in the movie is by Barry Corbin as Ellis uncle to Sheriff Bell
  • Maybe what I don't like is the recognition that it seems so true to life

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      From the beginning scene of the aftermath of a violent drug scene gone bad through the end this movie features a series of violent scenes. All the men seem bent on men trying to cowboy up and deal with the problem in true Texas fashion: with more violence. Don’t expect any resolution with just desserts from this movie. Instead the title tells all, there is “No Country for Old Men.” The old man in this movie is Sheriff Ed Tom Bell played by Tommy Lee Jones. He opens the movie with a voice-over talking about in the old days some sheriffs never even wore guns. He tells of sending a boy to the electric chair because the boy had killed a young woman because he wanted to and would do it again if he got the chance. From there the audience soon realizes things have gone downhill. By the movie’s end Bell has realized that he is too old for an amoral country that engages in violence as the first response.

      A deputy sheriff has arrested Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) and believes he has him safely in custody. Chigurh strangles the deputy and makes his escape. This

      begins a long series of on-screen killings by the amoral Chigurh as he searches for Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) who stole the drug money after he stumbled on the site of the drug buy gone bad. Chigurh kills just about everyone he wants throughout the movie.

      Tommy Lee Jones is no stranger to violence in movie during his nearly fifty year career on television and on the big screen. He has engaged in such violence in the television movie “The Park is Mine” (1986) where he played a Vietnam vet determined to set up a memorial to Vietnam vets in Central Park. My favorite roles of his are “Lonesome Dove” and “Space Cowboys.” In both roles he plays an aging man, a part that he plays well. Jones won a Best Supporting Actor for his role as Samuel Gerard. Frankly this was not a great performance, but none of his competition provided especially good performances either.

      This is a breakout year for Josh Brolin (son of James Brolin) who has four movies out this year. When I watched the movie one of his other movies, “American Gangster” was playing at the same cinema. I’m not a ...

      • big fan of Brolin (or his father for that matter). As I look through a list of his performances they are obviously forgettable because I have forgotten them. I’d like to see him stretch himself a bit because many of his roles have Brolin playing Brolin.

        The best performance in the movie is by Barry Corbin as Ellis uncle to Sheriff Bell. The role will probably get lost among the violence which is a pity. Corbin has a role going back to the mid-1970s. One of his first roles was as Uncle Bob in “Urban Cowboy” with John Travolta. He is best known for his role as Maurice Minnifield in the wonderful television series “Northern Exposure” for which he was nominated for three Primetime Emmys.

        The movie is directed by the Coen brothers who are known for various unconventional movies such as “Barton Fink,” “Fargo,” and “The Big Lebowski.” They have been nominated for a variety awards and won for Best Writing for a Screenplay written directly for the screen.

        “No Country for Old Men” has already been nominated for several awards. Notably Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director. It will continue to be nominated

        and will likely win a few.

        To the movie’s credit the violence is not of the slasher type with too many bloody and disgusting special effects. There is just too much of it. There are many quotable lines in the movie that provide relief to the intensity of the movie. Sheriff Bell says, “it starts when you begin to overlook bad manners. Anytime you quit hearing ’sir’ and ‘ma’am’ the end is pretty much in sight.”

        IMDB lists various movies that are similar to “No Country for Old Men.” Among these is “Fargo” which is nothing like the movie, but has the same directors. I suppose the “Die Hard” movies featuring Bruce Willis come the closest. “City of God” is also listed and I can see the similarity except “City of God” seems to be about immature men engaging in gang violence. In this movie one man, Anton Chigurh is responsible for the violence.

        I’m less thrilled with the movie that many people are. It almost works for me, but not quite. Maybe what I don’t like is the recognition that it seems so true to life. I’d rather not think about that. I give the movie a B or 86%.

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