For Old Men (15)
Written and Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, from a novel by Cormac
On general release from 18th January 2008
Well, I am sure by now, if you are a film buff, you will have heard things
such as “superb” or “a masterpiece”. I could go
In validation of such accolades, I cannot wait to read Cormac McCarthy’s
book, and I will probably go to see the film again once more on the big
Simply put, I find there are no imperfections. The Coen brothers’
filmmaking resonates to enable the viewer to experience that they are
actually in the picture. This is a film that envelops humanity, tangible
beauty, or grotesque terror within every scene. Importance of light, space,
dialogue, silence, intrigue, good and evil and even something in-between
the two (represented by the fortune or misfortune of Llewelyn Moss played
by Josh Brolin, the hunter) are prevalent.
It is apparent that this is not show-off-man-ship, but instead, a great
story comes to life by indulging the viewer’s embodiment into the
reel - near enough to feel breath through quality acting and natural sets
of non-manufactured grime in New Mexico. You will experience heat, pain,
dust, claustrophobia, and fear.
Tommy Lee Jones plays Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in a narrative role, Woody
Harrelson supports, but equal screen filling to Brolin, goes to Javier
Bardem, who plays Anton Chigurh (pronounced Sugar) as an intensely good
baddie. Not a word of script or even a single sound is wasted. This film
shows horror and grace at close quarters, and intelligently investigates
the concept of ‘hunter versus hunted’ as well as the premise
of ‘senseless killing’.
It bows to the suspense of Hitchcock, the brutality of Tarantino, and
sheer expertise in the art of filmmaking one finds in Kubrick’s
work. Somehow, here, Ethan and Joel Coen have surpassed certain elements
of the brilliance of their counterparts.
With regard to the plot, I warn you in the end, there are no answers,
and that in itself heroically seals the deal for me. You will see this
how you will, but I urge you: DO NOT MISS THIS FILM!