Film Review: No Country For Old Men

by Pat Johnson

For my movie dollar, the Coen brothers are at their best when doing zany humor (Raising Arizona, Hudsucker Proxy, Big Lebowski), however they've gained the most accolades for their darker crime films (Fargo, Blood Simple) and now No Country. The film doesn't feel like the other films that populate this genre. Instead of absent lighting, shocking edits, and screeching music, this piece of noir plays like gritty poetry with a side of moral ambiguity. Javier Bardem owns the screen as one of the greatest villains of all time and when the cast is rounded out by Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, and Tommy Lee Jones, that's saying something. The film guarantees to be memorable, in part because it never feels like it panders to its audience. It is a classic in every sense.