Tuesday, November 13, 2007

No Country for Old Men

It is as good as they are saying. Except for those who aren’t—but they should be ignored in this case.

After watching the movie myself, I read the tortured attempts by some critics to explain the film to their readers, and a simpler theme came to mind: Death comes to us all, implacable, emotionless, resolute. We can avoid it as we can avoid gravity.

And I couldn’t help but think of Monsieur IOZ in one scene, where a West Texas driver is stopped by Javier Bardem’s psycho character, who has commandeered a police car, and the driver trustingly and unsuspectingly offers himself up for the slaughter. In a sense, a person who would wait so patiently to be killed was already dead.

1 comment:

djp said...

i actually thought that the greatest thing about this film was its complete lack of moralism--as well as its complete lack of moral. at the end of the day, it's a film about nothing, and everything that happens therein is senseless. even the deaths that happen are not important. i almost don't even want to say this because the beauty the film achieves is that there is absolutely nothing you can--should?--say about it.