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No Country For Old Men is a film that challenges the audience in the best possible way. It never condescends and refuses to spell things out—instead compelling us to connect the dots and participate in the storytelling. This video examines some of the ways it achieves this.
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Hitchcock would do similar things. In his final movie, "Frenzy," during the film several quirks of the killer are established. One is what he says just before committing a murder. In this scene, he utters the words, the door is closed to a second floor apartment, and then the camera seamlessly backs down the zig-zag staircase, out the front door and across the street. And, without seeing it, you know what has taken place above the noisy street.
Thanks for a great analysis! There are so many levels to this film, your video could have been 2 hours long, but a short snappy summary is easier to swallow and comment on.
I thought about the fates of Anton and Ed Tom for ages before concluding that Anton was nothing more or less than a curse upon the earth, wandering alone, killing and corrupting as he goes. Ed Tom is a thoroughly decent man who is deeply troubled and haunted, but he has a loving wife to help him cope with his demons. He doesn't deserves to be alone, unlike Anton who richly does deserve to never know true love and inner peace.
Anton offers the two boys a unprompted bribe at the scene of the car crash when they were simply doing the natural thing in helping a wounded man in front of them. The bribe corrupts their innocence. Anton's so-called moral code which leads to Carla Jean's death is total bulls..t. He simply uses it to rationalise his psychopathic pleasure in every murder he commits. By insisting he had no choice in killing her because he promised Llewelyn he would only shows he is equivalent to God in his own mind. He was home free with the money and Llewelyn was dead, so he could have left Carla Jean alone. He may be hard is steel but he is is also as brittle as thin glass, because deviating from his personal God complex even to spare a life would cause him to start doubting and second guessing himself.
The Cohens make a superb choice in leaving Carla Jean's sickening and totally unneçessary execution off-screen. Instead the last we see of her is her defiant courage in refusing Anton's amoral coin toss, totally rejecting his attempt to rationalise away her murder by pretending his game gave him some sort of out when he invaded her home armed to kill her in cold blood.
I struggle with the concepts in this video a lot. The idea that you shouldn't spell everything out for the audience makes sense to me and I think it's a great technique. One mark of a great and intentionally crafted movie is that it rewards you by looking deeper and examining the details There are movies that insult the audiences intelligence, which can be annoying. The thing is, I didn't pick up on any of the things discussed in this video when I watched this movie. I'm not denying that they are present, they definitely are. But I think there is a line with how much you can expect an audience to pick up on. Whether No Country for Old Men crosses that line is another question, but I think there is also such a thing as overestimating the audience.
I love Cormac Mc Carthy's novels, especially the Border trilogy. In his world there is a blind Fate operating with great violence and little regard for human worth. In this story the rancher returns to the scene of the crime to provide water to a dying man. No good deed goes unpunished.
Moss has a military tool watch and this is his view of the world. Moss is a man who knows how to do stuff with tools. John Lennon once said I’m am artist give me a tuba, I’ll get something out of it. Moss makes tent poles into art. Moss knows how to do things the average man can’t.
Moss has a military field watch but this watch is never on his wrist. This watch has a broken band maybe. This watch is the first indicator that he is no normal man. The broken watch band carried in his pocket tells us who Moss is.
I LOVE it when movies trust the audience to put 2 and 2 together
Sometimes I'm way too stupid to get all of it, but whenever someone makes me notice details that suggest what happened off-screen
that's one of the best feelings ever. Thank you for this video!
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My favorite part of this movie there is a central theme about how you can't see/stop what's coming.
"That's who you keep looking out the window for?
- Well, half.
- What else then?
- Just looking for what's comin'.
- Yeah. But no one ever sees that."
Then he is killed by the Mexican gang, and at the end Anton gets t-boned in the middle of a green light. Even the girl at the pool gets shot and killed. She certainly didn't see what was coming. Fucking brilliant writing in my opinion.
I found myself here after reading what people wrote about ‘The 15:17 to Paris’- saying it was ‘amazing! From the master!’- Eastwood. I LOVE and adore him. My daughter’s middle name is his last name. I’d love to hear your thoughts on his slump in films these past years. Disclosure: I’m a liberal and the chair incident doesn’t bother me nary a bit, as some friends simply won’t have anything to do with him, due to that.
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The sheriff was the protagonist, trying to catch the killers and save Moss and his wife, and failing. Moss was an ordinary guy who wanted the rewards of the outlaw (easy money) without being willing or able to cross the line into the savage life that the outlaw lives by, so he couldn't survive in that world.
I remember the first time watching this in a criminal pathology class, we were originally watching it to analyze Chigurh’s character. But after watching the movie, I was more intrigued by the story telling and neo-western style of it. I’ve watched it so many times since then that I could probably do a voiceover myself. That said, this video rekindled my interest in the film and I think I’ll go watch it again now.
Excellent analysis. I've always said this is a perfect film since i first saw it...(I wasn't aware that Roger Ebert said the same thing until last week) but now I think it's even better than i thought thanks to your video. (Also, I missed some of the key points you highlighted the three times I've seen this movie.) Thank you!
This 2+2 theory is very plausible and one of the reasons I have always enjoyed the Coen Bros. films.Contrast this with another director who's films I have also enjoyed but rarely have revisited-Clint Eastwood.Eastwood seems to feel the need to "spoon feed" his audience.Rarely relying on the 2+2. He does not give you an opportunity to develop your own conclusions.Once the film is over there is nothing left to digest/think about.
I think that the point of the movie is to get you to think, and I think that that is really important. But also it has a message I think, the point is that everything is meaningless and no matter what you try to do, you will, in the end, die, it all ends the same. Is Chigur death? Is he a man? I think he is a bit of both because even for him there are forces outside of his control that act upon him. It challenges everything that you are supposed to believe, and that makes you think, and the conclusion is it is all random, nothing matters, it is all the same, it is all pointless.
It is no country for old men because the old man is trying to deal with the world according to his system, but everything is always changing and before you know it the system is nothing like what you thought it was, and you are left behind. Even if you live you feel useless and life is empty, no matter what happens you lose, everyone loses.
Betty Crocker discovered in the 1950s that customers weren't buying their instant cake mixes because they didn't want everything done for them. So, BC had customers add their own egg and sales shot up. Making your audience piece your story together is a similar concept.
So that's what I was missing when I tried to write a scene of everyday life. Everything the character does has got to tell you something about them. In hindsight, duh. But this was important for me to realize.
Agreed. The writer has set it up that our protagonist doesn't need all that drug money; he's a gun specialist, and all the brand-new shotguns and automatic pistols he retrieved from the shoot-out site would have paid his bills (only 18,000$ US.) by moving them on the black market. But no....he had to taste the forbidden fruit.
I loved the 2+2 theory about STORYTELLING, and i think is it the same as the ICEBERG THEORY from Hemingway, the point is to omit certain information and elements from an scene or story to let the audience imagine or interpret it i mean its just a way to give gravitas and strenght the material. Do you agree?
Meh, the only thing I thought was incredible about this movie was that the little Texas fillie that was trailer with the lead is actually a Scottish actress with a heavy drogue... I would NEVER have guessed in a million years!
This one and 'There Will Be Blood'... I just don't see why people think they are so amazing. They are decent flicks but hardly legendary
I remember thinking this dude is clearly a bad mother fucker he clearly was involved with something and I thought it was weird but then we says he was in nam that was the first time I realized it was set in the 80s.
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