I’m not writing this to generate controversy, I’m just honestly perplexed. Perhaps this year hasn’t been that great in terms of cinematic quality? Maybe it’s just me?
I recently eagerly awaited the chance to finally catch NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. I am still recovering from a debilitating illness, and getting out does take a little more effort than the average bear. I was happy to be able to catch the film that has gotten raves from the DGA, and the SGA, amongst other Hollywood elite. It’s shortlisted to sweep the Oscars.
I have to interject that I am a fan of the Coens: FARGO, and especially THE BIG LEBOWSKI are amongst my fave films.
Still, I have to admit I was extremely disappointed in their latest offering. The film can be honestly described in a few sentences: a man finds money from a drug dealer’s shootout. Said man tries to keep money while evading a ruthless hitman hired to get the money back. Is there more to it? Maybe I missed it. Tommy Lee Jones’ speech at the end of the film was supposed to be profound, yet I found it belonging in a different movie. Javier Bardem’s hitman was a bit of a hoot, but so much was left unexplained. I don’t need every detail revealed (HANNIBAL RISING, anyone?), but it seemed that he just played a one-note character adequately. It’s like giving an award to Jason Voorhees.
Am I wrong? Have I lost it? Let me know!!