No Country for Old Men

Cinemaster Score: 9.5

Overall Review

No Country for Old Men is debatably the best movie from the Coen Brothers (Ethan and Joel) – though many will argue it to be Fargo. Either way, it’s hard to deny just how amazing No Country for Old Men is. The most prominent contributors to this greatness are its acting and story. The latter of the two displays a certain sense of beauty in its realism. Throughout the narrative, there are thought-provoking themes to give viewers more substance than simple violence that the Coen Brothers could have opted for. But they didn’t. They wrote No Country for Old Men in order to give their craft depth. Then there is the former of the aforementioned contributors. While Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones both put on a great show; it is Javier Bardem in particular who stands out. He is cold and malicious in his portrayal of Anton Chigurh. Chigurh – largely in part due to Bardem’s acting – has been noted as (according to psychiatrists) the most realistic psychopath in film history. Better yet, after being pulled into such a story with solid performances, audiences are granted a fulfilling experience in one of the best movies in recent memory.

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