6 November 2017 | cinemajesty
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Film Review: "No Country For Old Men" (2007)
The best picture / best director winner at the 80th Academy Awards Ceremony on February 24th 2008 has nothing lost of its razor-sharply observed motion picture thriller infusions, where directing duo Joel & Ethan Coen let silent scenes with crystal-clear sound design and pin-pointed dialogue exchanges reign adapted from a novel under the same film-given title by Cormac McCarthy to further Hitchcockian suspense elements in abandoned Texan small town hotel location, where "No Country For Old Men" finds its climatic action highlight under bullet-piercing precision between the character of Llewelyn Moss, performed by utterly stubbornness actor Josh Brolin, confronting an invisible menace of everywhere delivering actor Javier Bardem as contracting serial killer Anton Chigurh.
The overall 1980 setting, skillfully provided by production designer Jess Gonchor and costume designer Mary Zophres gives the film its flavoring taste, presenting itself undeniable as one of the directors most comfortably produced motion pictures, exceeding their thriller origins from 1984's presentation of "Blood Simple." under 25 Million Dollar budget. Joel & Ehtan Coen own the picture in every scene providing story twists by the minutes to keep the suspension level high throughout under further initially thanks to cinematographer Roger Deakins, who provides painterly-like static shots and then again moves the camera vertically on the exterior highways and horizontally in the interior hotel corridors to bring the audience a hypnotically cold rushes of blood to their heads that every encounter of action hits like daggers to the senses.
Actor Tommy Lee Jones gives the picture stability with two monologue surrounding "No Country For Old Men", letting the spectators indulge on times in the state of change, where thoughts gets liberated and with them the fundamental existence of anarchy and its inhabited physical as psychological violence in every human being striving its way through cinema with a new kind of seriousness in treating essential problems of the human condition that life must end toward death, forced by another or giving-up in old age, seem to be freedom of choice in some one's own liking; questions, which will not get answered but thought-provokingly asked by the Coen Brothers in such a stylized cinematic manner that the picture keeps on staying instantly fresh in its perception after ten years of release; arguably deserved its upper-hand over the character-wise more accomplished picture "There Will Be Blood" with the Best Picture Oscar for the year 2007.
© 2017 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)