No Country For Old Men

Review: No Country For Old Men

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By Bernie-Harfleet
03 Feb 08

I had been looking forward to seeing this film with much anticipation since having first seen the trailer. I had been in this situation before, what seemed was to be an upcoming masterpiece in a 2 minute trailer, proving to be last weeks garbage in its full length. This was not the case with ‘No Country For Old Men’, this could well be the best American film we see this year. Sadly part of its greatness being accentuated by the by the numbers filmmaking we see coming out of the great USA. This film was so foreign to their current filmmaking trends it could have been subtitled. This film had so many glowing reviews its hard not to be repetitive. What stood out for me (apart from script, direction, acting, and photography) was the sound mix. There was little music to suggest how we should feel, but from the sound of the desert to the unfolding of a screwed up lolly wrapper, the use of accentuated natural sound was brilliant. As for acting, many have noted Javier and Tommy Lee as stand out performances, yes they were great but I’d like to put my hand up for Josh Brolin. He was the centre to the film, an ordinary man, whose unordinary choices created the films narrative.
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No Country For Old Men

No Country For Old Men

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