No Country for Old Men

Because of no great movies coming out last weekend, and wanting to save a little on money, we “rented” No Country for Old Men via Video On Demand. I was president and if you’re thinking “That seems like an odd movie for Holli to choose”, then you’re mostly right. But it’s a movie that got great reviews and I figured I could make it through it. I didn’t dislike it, but it wasn’t as great as I was hoping for. When it ended it was just like “OK, I’m over” and I was like “this is how they’re ending it?” It wasn’t as bad as the ending to Cast Away (remember that?) but it was on the same level. The rest of the movie I enjoyed, for lack of a better word.

The character Anton Chigurh was very interesting. Miles said it best when he said Chigurh was logical about who he chose to kill. The first good shot we have of him, and his first real dialogue, I just said “Woah, he’s creepy!” He’s the kind of psychopathic killer I’d expect you’d compare to Hannibal, but with the disguise of a character like Keyser Soze. (Though, after watching The Usual Suspects, I was afraid of Soze for like weeks. Still am, in fact.) Sometimes Chigurh looked slightly comical, which took away from the scare factor a little for me. Most of his killings were hard to see making it easier to watch – either not in shot or the shot was far away or his method of killing left little mess.

The plot was suspenseful, often not giving you the answer to your questions clearly, but making you assume beyond a doubt that what you thought might happen probably did. I’m going to keep this short because I don’t want to give any spoilers, but it’s definitely worth seeing – probably not worth buying. I’d give this 4 stars out of 5. (I’m going to go back into past posts and give them a rating out of 5 stars as well, to help those wondering if they should watch it. Sometimes my reviews are inconclusive.)