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What did you think of No Country For Old Men? (SPOILERS)

Asked by El_Cadejo (34484points) May 30th, 2008

I’ve been meaning to watch this movie since it came out because of all the great reviews. I finally got around to watching it and all i can say is WHAT THE FUCK. I mean Llewelyn Moss just died. No big gun fight, nothing. How do you go and have an action packed pretty much gorefest and then kill off one of the lead characters without showing it. The movie gives the feeling that theres going to be a big showdown between them and then “hey lets go drink some beer” then oh nos im dead. I got over this however. I accepted it as alright the chase for the money is over now we have the sheriff going to try and chase down Anton. But no. Let down again.Sheriff retires. Anton is pretty much an unstoppable force the whole movie and then he gets in a car accient(yes i know bone sticking out of his arm) but he just hobbles off. AND THATS IT! Flash back over to sheriff telling his wife a dream about his father(which frankly i can care less about) and THATS IT!?!? SERIOUSLY!?! The end!?! WTF!?

sorry this was pretty much a big rant but like come on, what did people see in this movie?

EDIT: one more thing WTF was with the coin. What is this Batman or something?

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shockvalue's avatar

I thought it provided a very strong reaction in the audience. Personally I wouldn’t change it a bit. Quite often, having to imagine a scene rather than having it all laid out for you can prove much richer an experience.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Im sorry but what is the point of WATCHING a movie if i have to IMAGINE parts of it?

wizard's avatar

And who was it that said Cloverfield was bad…?

simone54's avatar

F- that movie. I don’t think there anyone that actually gets it.

I loved the parts with Lewellyn and what is name. Until they don’t show him get killed.

I didn’t give a shit about Tommy Lee Jones the whole time. I didn’t even pay attention to his dream. Then it was over.

TheHaight's avatar

I thought the movie was great, so boo to you Uber!

simone54's avatar

Can you explain why it was great? Seriously.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

I thought it was stunning. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I saw it the weekend it opened and haven’t seen it since so I guess it would be tough to breakdown exactly why I thought it was so good. As I recall, I was entralled with the acting. I liked the pace. I liked the story. I guess I don’t need a thrilling conclusion where good comes face-to-face with evil for the final showdown. Heck, it was face-to-face good v. evil the whole movie! Frankly, I don’t think we’ve really seen the end, yet.

simone54's avatar

So the movie is so good it doesn’t need climax or an ending?

El_Cadejo's avatar

Exactly Simone. I really didnt decide that movie as being horrible until “And then i woke up” THE END. I honestly found that the most shocking part of the entire movie. How do you build and build and build an entire movie up and then noting. Talk about premature ending.

@theHaight WHY!?!! PLEASE im dying to hear what people see in this movie.

kevbo's avatar

I saw it a while ago and have already forgotten some detail, but the main thing I took from it was the portrayal of an unstoppable, incarnate evil roaming the planet (okay, the southwest) and the feeling that it (the evil) had a natural place in the order of things. Evil was trying to do a good job of expressing it’s nature just like everybody else.

Megan64's avatar

I LOVED this movie. I wouldn’t have changed anything. Beautifully filmed.

Sometimes life is like that: A bad guy gets away, a hero gets killed, a man gives up.

…and what @kevbo so eloquently said.

scamp's avatar

I thought it ended weird too. The dream? What the hell was that? I’ve forgottten alot of the details too, I was disenchanted by the same parts some of you were. What happened to the money?

PupnTaco's avatar

Easily best movie of the year. The bleakness really connected with me.

It’s not a typical Hollywood action flick; things don’t get tied up a neat little package in real life.Telling the story from Ed Tom Bell’s perspective as a tired old man emphasizes this idea.

Loved it. Right up there with Children of Men and Pan’s Labyrinth as great 21st century flicks.

scamp's avatar

@PupnTaco I guess we have different taste in movies. I didn’t enjoy Pan’s Labyrinth much either.

PupnTaco's avatar

Also, recognizing the leads as archetypes helps: Youth/Energy=Moss, Age/Wisdom=Bell, Chance/Death=Chigurh.

Megan64's avatar

@PupnTaco – Exactly. I wish I could show this movie to my HS English students, but I’d get fired.

PupnTaco's avatar

Could they read the book?

Megan64's avatar

I haven’t read it myself. What do you think of it?

PupnTaco's avatar

I haven’t either, but I will.

PupnTaco's avatar

@scamp – seems like the Mexican hitmen got the money, the ones who killed Moss.

But remember the ventilation grate was opened in that hotel room? And the $100 bill Chigurh gave to the boy on his bike? It’s ambiguous.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@pupntaco dont forget the dime laying next to the grate, another sign it was chigurh

See i understand exactly what they were trying to say in this movie. Not everything is perfect, and yea the bad guy doesnt always get caught (which i am all for in movies i hate cliches) its just god damn that was poorly executed. I really felt it had a lot of potential but the movie shot itself in the foot, especially with the ending.

scamp's avatar

PupnTaco I thought it might have been the mexicans too, but that segment confused me a little.

LunaFemme's avatar

I couldn’t get into it because the premise was ridiculous!! The whole time I was watching the movie I could not stop thinking, what sane person would drive back to the scene of an obvious gang-mob type thing gone wrong with multiple dead people to bring someone who is probably already dead water? Who, I ask you, who would do that? If you had a crisis of conscience then he would have made an anonymous call to the police. If he truly wanted to help the dying guy he would have brought more than water. He was an idiot!! He deserved to die!! Not even a retard would have gone back with just a jug of water. Couldn’t they have tried to make the scenario a little more plausable?? For the love of God, it was the most retarded movie I have watched in awhile!! I was expecting something so much more from all the hype.

LunaFemme's avatar

I’m so surprised that no one else was bothered by the obvious flaw in the movie. The whole chain of events would never have happened if he hadn’t gone back. NO ONE WOULD HAVE GONE BACK!

Seriously, WTF, how could this have not bothered more people!?!?!?!?

El_Cadejo's avatar

@luna yea this bothered me too, but there were so many things that bothered me more i forgot to write about it.

PupnTaco's avatar

People make dumb mistakes all the time. That scene didn’t seem implausible to me, just very very stupid. Moss was stupid.

scamp's avatar

Yep, stupid and very bold!!

El_Cadejo's avatar

This whole movie was stupid.

shockvalue's avatar

The reason some people have trouble comprehending this
movie is because it doesn’t follow the pattern of most Hollywood “flicks.”

Most people are accustomed to having everything handed to them, even in entertainment, but every once in a while a movie comes along that makes viewers think. Because this is uncommon, people get angry and confused and start saying the whole thing is “stupid” as a way to compensate for their own shortcomings.

simone54's avatar

Well if they’re doing shit like that just to be different. THAT is lame.

PupnTaco's avatar

@ shock: I agree with your premise, but I wonder if there’s a way to say that without insulting the others.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Shock i also agree, i love movies that make me think. This wasnt one of them.

queenzboulevard's avatar

I’m very late for this question! I wasn’t even a member when this was posted! I love this movie so much I’ve watched it like 4 or 5 times. When I saw it in the theatre and it ended everyone had the same reaction as Uber, it was hilarious.

To me the movie’s title gives away what it means. Old men have good traditional values that they always try to keep, because that’s how this country should be. However, these days there’s so much evil (kids with green hair and bones in their noses lol)—killers who kill for no good reason, men who steal money without reporting it, no one upholds the good values anymore. Moss was a “good guy,” and he was killed by the evil, because these days good is not rewarded. The hero doesn’t live because evil is better. The psycho killer offers some money to a kid, and he gets away, probably to kill some more people. And the old man cop retires, because he’s tired of what the world has come to. The even bigger message was that this movie was set in 1980…and how much worse is the world in 2008?

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