Saturday, January 19, 2008

Modern Day Western

As you probably already know I love westerns. Not just the classic westerns, but modern westerns as well. I also love finding modern movies with strong western themes. "No Country for Old Men" is just such a movie. Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy this movie follows Llewelyn Moss a welder and hunter who comes across millions of dollars from a drug deal gone bad. Making the decisions to take the money leads him into a cat and mouse chase with the men who want the money back.

Joel and Ethan Coen use the sparse Texas landscape in the same why they used North Dakota for their classic "Fargo". And just as in "Fargo", Texas becomes a character in the film. Brilliant direction, wonderful acting, and an intriguing and compelling story makes this the best movie from a team that has made great ones in the past such as "Blood Simple", "Fargo", and "Oh Brother were art Thou."

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