No Country for Old Men

hold still, please

Title: No Country for Old Men
Year: 2007
Directors: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald
Music: Carter Burwell
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Bardem); Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Sound Editing; currently #113 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 122 minutes
Synopsis: a man comes across two million dollars in the desert, and is hunted down by a mysterious crazy person
How I saw it: in the theater, 2007; on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for pacing and music) c. 3.4/4 (Very good).

An interesting and suspenseful pseudo-Western. Great characters. It feels a lot longer than two hours – I don’t know why, there’s certainly not anything that I think should be cut – it’s just the sort of thing that’s meant to be slow. Music probably could have helped; there’s very little score, and the few places it is used I didn’t even notice it.


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