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Just got back from seeing...

... No Country For Old Men. I was really liking it for the most part, but for the ending, I have to knock it down several notches. It ends up somewhere around a B-/C+ for me.

Here I was thinking for the most part "Loving Josh Brolin in this ... he's finally getting decent roles, but I can also totally see Josh Holloway in this part! Wouldn't he be great? Will he ever get a decent movie role...?" (Sorry, one-track mind! Is that wrong?) And also thinking it's a welcome return to their first film, Blood Simple, which is probably one of my fave Coen Bros flicks. Just straightforward crime drama with some mean twists. Yeah, not entirely ...


So this is a crime drama, right? Straightforward, mostly one character's POV. Then it switches, about 1/3 of the way from the end and we get this random, WTF, existential bullshit ending that's just about as pretentious as any extended dream sequence from The Sopranos. I mean, it's the Coen Bros., I get it. They like the weirdness. This doesn't have their usual cartoony, over-the-top exaggerated caricatures but ... that ending? C'mon! Random as fuck. I suppose people will consider it deep and meaningful but it's like it came in from some other film. Clarity and closure are not necessarily bad things! Feh. Messed up a perfectly good movie, if you ask me. *harrumphs*

ETA: Have to say I agree with this review in the Washington Post, which rated the film 50 out of 100:

It's meant to be "ironic," with that big capital I. Instead it's unsatisfying, with a capital U. Nobody goes to the movies for the irony. They go for the satisfaction.

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foxxcub
Nov. 26th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Well, poo. :(
halfdutch
Nov. 26th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
I guess it's the way the book ended...? Oh well. At least I only paid $5 for it! It def. had its moments but the ending did kinda ruin it for me. A woman in the bathroom said, "I'll have to see that again," and I was like, "Yeah, you go do that," LOL. Count me out!

Edited at 2007-11-26 02:43 am (UTC)
dawnybee
Nov. 26th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
C'mon! Random as fuck

I had been nodding off during the last few minutes and as soon as I shut my eyes and fell asleep for a minute or two, I snapped my eyes open and BAM the end. So whatever Tommy Lee Jones was speechifying about was lost on me.

But what redeemed the ending for me was reading some Josh Brolin interviews and it gave me some clarity.
halfdutch
Nov. 26th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
Well, I could guess what they were getting at, the randomness of life, Tommy Lee's character's about to die or fears he is, etc. (He's telling his wife about a dream he had that his father has gone ahead of him at night in a snowy pass and with a "horn of fire" and is going to have a fire ready for him when he joins him.)

But endings that need to be explained are definitely lacking, if you ask me. Again, I say, "Meh." It just seemed really pretentious to me and not really in keeping with the rest of the film. I just read a review that praised it over the book, saying the end of the book "just drifts." Ha! Compared to that?

ETA: Here's a review that more or less sums up how I feel.

Edited at 2007-11-26 05:42 am (UTC)
halfdutch
Nov. 26th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
Wait, this one's even closer to my thoughts on the film:

It's meant to be "ironic," with that big capital I. Instead it's unsatisfying, with a capital U. Nobody goes to the movies for the irony. They go for the satisfaction.
enigmae
Nov. 26th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
I didn't like the ending either. I can see what they were trying to do, but it didn't quite work. And I really did not like the POV switch at all...one of those things that only barely worked because I knew it was from the book.
halfdutch
Nov. 26th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it felt like pulling the rug out from under the film... very unsatisfying! It's like a "fuck you" to everyone who had watched so far (Although now that I've thought about it more, if Javier Bardem's character had been killed in the car crash, I think the randomness of it would have worked more for me. As in there'd be some closure. As it is, yeah, no closure, life's like that. The little guy doesn't win. Evil triumphs, etc. Fate is on no one's side. But still. Not good storytelling, if you ask me!)

I didn't read the book. I did try reading "All the Pretty Horses" once but didn't make it very far into it. I think I just don't like that writer, LOL.
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