After watching ‘No Country for Old Men’ I was left feeling somewhat disappointed. The film is directed by The Coen Brothers, who also directed ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?’ an immensely amusing film, so I expected this to be a genius production as well. The film also won 4 Academy Awards, including best picture, so my expectations were set quite high.
The film has been in the family for a while, and I had been put off watching it because my mother said it was pretty gruesome at parts. But the boyfriend and I were bored and wanted to watch something exciting so we thought we’d give the thriller a go. The basic outline of the film is that a hunter (Josh Brolin) comes across the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other, and left $2 million, and a large stash of heroin at the scene. Instead of reporting the crime, the hunter takes the money. This puts a psychopathic killer on his trail, who promises to kill him and take this money. The hunter has to try and stay one step ahead, as the killer follows him between America and Mexico.
To be honest. even with the horrific killings – one including a policeman being strangled with handcuffs, while the killer, played by Javier Bardem, stayed smiling – the film had great tension and was thoroughly enjoyable. Bardem played the perfect villain, and must have the most haunting face in cinema. His weapon of choice is a captive bolt pistol, which is usually used to stun cows before slaughter, so most blasts in the head leave brain splattered everywhere. Actually the most tense scene in the film is when, after killing everyone that gets in his way, Anton (Bardem’s character) gives a shop-owner the chance to live with a flip of a coin – it is so nerve-racking as you really don’t want this sweet old guy to lose.
Well, as the film goes on, you are rooting for the character Llewelyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin) to get away with the money, and not to be killed by this psycho-maniac, but unusually his death does occur. It doesn’t even happen that near the end of the film, and the most disappointing thing about it is you don’t even get to see his death. Just his dead body. What a let down, especially seeing as you previously watch him escape death very narrowly.
But the most disappointing thing about this film is the end. I don’t mind that the villain gets away with everything, and most of the characters die, but it is the slow speech that Tommy Lee Jones says to finish that annoys the hell out of me. To be frank I switched off when he started describing his dream, then before I knew it the credits were rolling. There is nothing more frustrating than a good film with a crap end. Lord of the Rings – Return of the King, left me feeling the same, the end was so slow, and after all the Fellowship had been through, the end felt like such an anti-climax. Here are some more good films with bad endings.
I think I would rather watch a bad film with a great ending, than a good film with a crap ending – it leaves you feeling frustrated. GROAN!!