‘No Country for Old Men’ Is The Western I Was Looking For

Growing up I was the biggest Country Western fan. I was (and still am) a HUGE fan of Gunsmoke and I loved Bonanza. Every weekday I would turn on my television around noon, watch a few episodes of Gunsmoke, watch a couple of episodes of Bonanza, and I was in bliss.

Recently I have veered away from Country Westerns but my love for the genre hasn’t faded in the slightest. So, on Thanksgiving night, after a day of feasting, watching sports, and spending time with the people that I love, my family and I all watched on No Country for Old Men for the first time. I was looking for a good movie that would end the evening with a bang and I ran across this film which I had heard was really good.

For two hours my family and I were sucked into a film so dark and completely riveting that by the end of the movie we couldn’t help but herald the movie’s quality. It was way better than I could’ve ever expected and its story was utterly captivating, in a slightly traumatic fashion.

(SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! Read no further if you want to avoid spoilers. Thank you for heeding this warning)

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Javier Bardem won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and he totally deserved it. His role as the extremely creepy hitman, Anton Chigurh, was unforgettable as he slowly but surely killed everyone in the film! I couldn’t believe it.

Josh Brolin, who played the role of Llewelyn Moss, was a Vietnam veteran who lived a simple life in rural Texas. But after coming across a drug deal gone wrong he found a large case of money and took it. That was the beginning of the end, for the case belonged to none other than Anton Chigurh.

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What made the movie so riveting was the well-composed story. There wasn’t a lot of music, there wasn’t even a whole lot of action, but the suspense was stellar and the acting was even better. No Country for Old Men may not be considered a horror film but I found it to be VERY horrifying.

This film makes you jump, this film is sometimes traumatizing in its level of terrifying situations, and Anton Chigurh is, in my opinion, scarier than Michael Meyers. You may think that is absurd but if you watch the film you’ll completely understand. Gosh, he’s scary. *shudder*

After the movie ended I understood the simple moral of the story; don’t ever take what doesn’t belong to you, even if it’s a giant case of money that’ll make you instantly rich.

My Conclusion of the Film

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No Country for Old Men is easily one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. I’ve always wanted to see a Country Western type of film told with an Oscar-worthy sort of quality and so finding this movie was a joy for me. This movie engages you literally from beginning to end.

The story is perfect, the Coen Brothers’ directorial vision was utterly captivating, and the acting was downright superb. This movie garnered the award of Best Picture of the Year and it undoubtedly deserved it 100%. This film is so good on so many different levels that I’m still reeling from it.

And this film has one of the greatest movie endings that I’ve ever seen as Tommy Lee Jones tells his wife of a strange dream. I won’t go into great detail because then I would spend another five paragraphs telling you about the movie but I will say, it’s the perfect ending for the movie.

I’m giving this film a 100 out of a 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. This movie is perfect in every sense of the word and I’m SO glad that I have seen it.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.

4 thoughts on “‘No Country for Old Men’ Is The Western I Was Looking For”

  1. If you liked the movie, then give the book a read! I just finished reading the book in September, and watched the movie a few weeks ago. The book has more detail, as the movie made a few minor changes, plus the girl at the pool at the end of the movie has more of a role in the book.

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  2. My mom has always hated this movie so I didn’t really care about seeing it, but after reading your post I knew I had to. So this morning I did! Wow. I’ve never been frightened by an on-screen villain…until now. So terrifying.

    If you like westerns and the Coen brothers’ style of filmmaking you should definitely check out their adaption of True Grit! It’s incredible.

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    1. Oh my goodness, I’m so glad to hear that my review helped influence you to watch this fantastic movie. I’m so glad you loved it! It’s an amazing film.

      True Grit. I’ll definitely check it out.

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