Thursday, November 22, 2007

No Country for Old Men

Disappointing. The Coens should have opted for instead of rejecting a Hollywood ending--instead of the abrupt and strange ending they settled on.

Questions: How did the killers so readily track down their quarry? Why wasn't Woody Harrelson armed? What happened to the money? Why the auto accident? Nora Ephron has a clever article in the current New Yorker about this puzzling movie.

Good acting, good suspense, clever dialogue, clearly delineated characters.

Lesson of the film: Don't be nice. Look what happened to the main character when he returned with a bottle of water for the wounded man. And the man with the chickens who stopped to aid a motorist.

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