NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Okay, I just watched No Country for Old Men and I’m taking the stance Rob has/had about watching it for the first time. However, I really don’t have a desire to see it a second time. Bardem, absolutely phenomenal and deserves all the awards I’m sure he’s going to get, but as a whole, I really did not dig this movie. I’m not going to go into spoilers here because I know some folks haven’t seen it yet, but again, like Rob, the ending kinda pissed me off. As in “I’ve spent the last two hours engrossed in this movie and this is all I get?!?” I’m trying to figure out what year it’s set in. Brolin and Harrelson’s characters both say they were in Vietnam, but that would make them 60 or older in present day. On top of that, there were a lot of older cars and things just looked kinda old … except for the weapons in the movie. That damned gun Bardem’s character has looks really new to me. The border crossing scene bothered me a bit as well. Maybe it was a lot different back then, but I remember walking across into Mexico and back many times (I never drove in Mexico) and I remember security being tight on both sides of the line (granted, this was after Sept. 11, so I guess they ramped it up a bit after that).
So to recap, I thought the acting was great but the script was lacking and there were parts of the movie that could have been left on the cutting room floor and no one would have been the wiser.
I’m not sure if anyone else has seen this or not, but again, another movie that really just didn’t score high on my “wow” list. I think the problem I had with Juno (and the same can be said for ‘No Country’) is that I kept hearing how great both films were before I saw them, therefore my expectations were high. Juno wasn’t as bad in my book as Superbad, which I really didn’t like and Ellen Page looks like she’s going to be a fine little Canadian actress (I hear she’s great in a movie card ‘Hard Candy’). Juno to me basically just seemed like a guy sat down at his computer before writing it and said, “Okay, I’m going to tell you a story. There’s no real point or moral to the story, it’s just a story.” Justin Bateman is a bit creepy in the movie, I will say and it’s really hard for me to see J.K. Simmons playing a fatherly figure after playing J. Jonah Jameson and especially Vernon ‘Vern’ Schillinger in Oz. Regardless, it’s not a bad film, but it’s driven solely by the acting of Ellen Page.