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No Country For Old Men — Dissecting A Collaborative Masterpiece

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This is what happens when great filmmakers come together. Sorry this one took me three weeks. I was on spring break and this was also the longest video I've made thus far.
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SavageArfad (10 hours ago)
@4.54 white door represents the shopkeepers choice of life, or death, the black shadow of Chigur. The amount of light/white of the door(possibly representing his chances) changes throughout the scene.
hathganus (1 day ago)
I was a cop for 27 years and then seen this movie, I am now retired.
Joe Billielo (2 days ago)
God, where do you lunatics come up with this??? Boy, this is really reaching!! I thought this movie was fucking stupid as fuck but meanwhile its held up like some kind of genius master work......well, it isn't. This movie didn't show a shred of reality. Seems to me that too many people have become accustomed to sucking on those Jew Brothers cocks for some reason unbeknownst to me!!!
Rocean funkhouser (3 days ago)
@11:14 He's a Cartel Hitman you idiooot.
Rocean funkhouser (3 days ago)
Moral of the story: be nice to Spanish people. 📣
Dick Asser (4 days ago)
Don’t watch it, I did more betterer in my other movies
David Griffiths (5 days ago)
Chigurgh was hiding in the wardrobe the sneaky bastard😆
Glamorizing violence against other humans is wrong in any light.
1qwasz12 (10 days ago)
That first scene with Chigurh. He is clearly cuffed with hands behind his back. He manages to get both his legs over the chain. With the cuffs out in front of him, he is now able to choke the deputy. This is detailed in the book. This shows very early Chigurh's relentless dedication to his mission. Why did you leave this crucial bit out?
Computer Iphone (17 days ago)
So Chigurh subscribes to chaos, cause he leaves it all to a coin toss, randomness,
Hydjiro (18 days ago)
How do you know I watched this on Netflix yesterday youtube?!
Dd Ss (19 days ago)
I was one of the midgets in this movie.
Rose Diddy No Relation (19 days ago)
This movie was overrated
Swiftergaming (21 days ago)
I think that he could be the devil himself
Kangjam Sarjit (23 days ago)
Simply the best.
lamar jackson (24 days ago)
What about the lady at the end did he kill her?
alxM3 (25 days ago)
“Sugah??”
daddy cane (27 days ago)
Great stuff here buckaroo
Michael Gonzalez (1 month ago)
attentionality = attention to detail?
Jorge Olea (1 month ago)
cormac mccarthy helped do a lot of the screenplay on the film "The Couselor"
Jorge Olea (1 month ago)
Child of God is also another great book by Cormac McCarthy
Dylan Kaiser (1 month ago)
I agree with the idea that Anton Chigurh is a force of nature, that's the way he sees himself and that's how we view him. This movie is a cinematic masterpiece and I could really watch it any day of the week.
Chighur obviously personifies death. He lacks empathy, the human condition, and his background and where he is from are a total mystery. He is the embodiment of fear of the unknown leaving people's lives to chance.
wise johnny (1 month ago)
Bullshit movie...
larrydD (1 month ago)
I WILL TELL YOU WHO HE WAS ANTON IS BEST OF THE BEST ARE NOT EVEN PSYCHOPATHS NO MORE THEY HAVE WENT TO MEETING WHERE BEAUTIFUL FALLEN ANGLES ARE SUMMONED AND THEY MAKE A DECISION TO BE POSSESSED AND HE MIGHT HAVE A VERY STRONG HIGH RANKING FALLEN ANGEL THAT HAS POWERS OR GOD MAY HAVE MADE A VERY STRONG SEER AND ANTON CAN ALLREADY SEE THE FUTURE AND HE LAUGHS BECAUSE HE ALLREADY KNOWS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND HAS PLANED AHEAD TO NOT GET CAUGHT BUT THE PEOPLE IN BETWEEN HIS TARGETS HE HAS NOT CARE ABOUT IS LIKE SAND BETWEEN ROCKS YOU ARE WALKING ACROSS AND FEET STAY ON THE ROCKS BUT THERE IS CRABS IN BETWEEN THESE ROCKS AND WHEN ONE TRIES TO REACH UP AND BIT HIM WITH A CLAW SHOULD HE KILL EVERY CRAB WILL THIS CRAB BE A MENACE TO HIS PLANS OR HIS MISSION AND TARGET SO THE COIN IS HIS UNIVERSE TO ANSWER HIS QUESTION , ME I THINK HE IS JUST REALLY FUCKING SMART A PURE EMPATH LIKE A F-22 STEALTH RAPTOR OUT FOR A KILL AGAINST EVERY OTHER PLANE AND HE WILL WIN EVERY TIME
stendhal48 (1 month ago)
This was not a great movie. All of the contrived melodrama is premised on the stupid stupid and literally unbelievable story that Llewelyn Moss would be so stupid as to return to the scene, but it's certainly convenient for the story. Of course it's predictable that his pick-up is discovered. Without that stupid act there is no story. Moss would have his money and no worse for wear. Dumb movie. AB
irgski (1 month ago)
Chigurh represents the boogie man...
Oliver Mayo (1 month ago)
You Sir are a true genius in your field. I could watch videos like this all day. I forgot the scene where the Sheriff returns to the hotel.
libertyn jeopardy (1 month ago)
I think all you armchair wanabe artists think that by attaching yourselves to this piece of overrated trash you can somehow feel elevated, it's crap and so are your values.
Alex Roodman (1 month ago)
One of the most interesting things I have read about this movie is that Moss and Chigurh are from the generation of the Vietnam War, whereas Bell is from the generation of WWII. In WWII, allies good, Germans bad. In Vietnam, all lines are blurred.
yan solo (1 month ago)
the dime was used to unscrew the screws. It wasn't a coin toss
2mwillis (1 month ago)
Coen brothers don't make shitty movies... however I was a bit pissed they killed The main actor off camera. I also wanted him and Anton to have it out. Kind of sucks they never had a final showdown.
Mike (1 month ago)
Great analysis!
Michael Fritsche (2 months ago)
Cattle Knocker.
Patrick Ryan (1 month ago)
Chigurh would like to believe that he is Fate but Fate has the last laugh with the car crash at the end. Fate rewards loyalty and punishes disloyalty whereas Chigurh is just another random, deluded psychopath, Chaos, entropy..
I like to think Anton was a physical representation of Death himself. A cold, unstoppable force.
Oscar Mazariegos (2 months ago)
Awesome video man well done.
Sledgehammer Of Truth (2 months ago)
Such a perfectly produced, with the best actors to make it all happen. Such a shame we don’t get music or movies anymore like this. Thank Libtarded education! Prove me wrong!?
Villo H Awomi (2 months ago)
I thought u were gonna say Ure the script writer of the movie lol nice video tho
Brice Hale (2 months ago)
Good movie right here
DigitalDirigibles (2 months ago)
He was in the other mirrored room. The other side of the coin.
Sovereign Ki (2 months ago)
There is a deeper mystery applied to this film..The policemen and additional characters represent Jupiter's bodies in celestial war, the protagonist represents the Satan star system commonly referred to as 'planet X'..Indeed Anton is death personified and adversary to the human condition, as above so below- GL
k man (2 months ago)
This movie sucked,and victor Joseph agrees 😄😅😃🤣😂😁😀😆
Green Sombrero (2 months ago)
and then he woke up, casting doubt on the safety of the interpretation of the dreams. He literally realized, it wasn't true (in a religious sense).
M. Jaser (2 months ago)
03:32 I'm not sure if he's enjoying it. He might as well feel irony regarding his own recent conviction
Don Quixote (2 months ago)
Interesting that I've only even heard of this movie a short time ago (maybe a month), and saw it a couple weeks ago for the first time. Not that I pay much attention to what's current in movies or otherwise, but maybe just so inundated by all the other crap out there that it's too noisy to hear through, so to speak.
I'M A FIGHTER (2 months ago)
I think this is one of the tucking movie ...
John Prendergast (2 months ago)
Chigurh was not in the room when Bell was outside. What we saw was Chigurh in the imagination of Bell. Showing that image of Chigurh gave the audience the same apprehension as Bell. However, once Bell entered and found no one, he was relieved, but the audience is left puzzled, because there is no cinematic clue that we were seeing a mental image. That scene puzzled me for a while after I saw the movie, until I figured out the only possible answer. I guess the Coen brothers made this mystery on purpose, so viewers would think about the movie afterward, but many are still confused. Anton did not kill the clerk off camera afterward! The coin toss for the Coen brothers is infallible and proved the clerk was innocent. Anton MUST follow its dictates. The clerk also did not want to play, but Anton insisted until the clerk relented. We did not see it on camera, but Anton would have insisted Mrs Moss play until she relented, and we know she could not choose correctly because the coin toss is infallible and she is guilty. She took the money and backed up her husband until it was to late. Anton did not want to kill Mrs Moss. He waited until after her mother died, because her mother was innocent and did not need to suffer the death of her daughter. Anton gave Mrs Moss a chance with the coin toss, because he had doubts about the ethics of his action. The coin toss told him he was right.
CribNotes (2 months ago)
Chigurh is an industrial killer, hence he uses industrial tools. He carries around an air tank like an appendage, in a Darth Vader kind of way.
B Zules (3 months ago)
he is a ghost merely because he doesn't understand him.
dhillboy12 (3 months ago)
chigurh is a talking michael myers.
David Harper (3 months ago)
you're just .. narrating what is happening, not really analyzing anything enlightening.. i don' t see the point in this video. we might as well just watch the film.
clifton559 (4 months ago)
fuk jimmy dean so sick of that shity commercial. its all i see now, now its jimmydeantube!!!!!
Stiglr (4 months ago)
I've been doing a lot of research into this late scene with Bell at the crime scene, and I've arrived at the conclusion that Chigurh was NOT in either of the rooms taped off. Bear with me here. First we have all the "He's pretty much a *ghost*" set-up in Bell's chat with the local sherrif, and we also knows that he dreads coming in contact with "something he doesn't understand." He has heard the local sherrif say that Chigurh is now known to be one who brazenly returns to the scene of crimes, and that's why Bell goes back to the hotel that night. He's terrified, and stands long seconds contemplating the blown-out lock cylinder in the door of 114. As he does so, we get what appears to be a view of Chigurh, lurking "behind" the door, and against the wall of 114. Now, it's not abundantly clear, but a long shot at the beginning of this scene seems to suggest that the lock is blown out of room 112, to the right next door, and both room entrances are taped off. However... the view we get of Chigurh could ONLY have been in 114, where he would be looking from the "back wall" of the room, to the hinge side of the door. If he were lurking in 112, a "mirrored layout" relative to 114, he would be inside the room looking towards 114 to watch the blown out lock cylinder hole in the door, and would not have his back in a corner. Nor would he put himself in a position where Bell was "behind him". All these dynamics are confirmed when Bell finally does open the door to 114, because our eyes go the the front corner behind the opening door... and Chigurh is not there. That whole wall on Bell's right is the "back wall" of the room: there's a long dresser, a couple lamps, a mirror in a frame all along the wall. it's a shared wall with 112. Bell clears the room, finding nothing. No way Chigurh could have escaped through the bathroom window, as Bell sees it's locked from inside; similarly, no way he could have escaped through the vent, because that doesn't lead to any egress point, and it would have made way too much noise. It's clear that Chigurh got the satchel from Moss' usual hiding place some time ago and is long gone. It was his "ghost", and Bell's dread, that we were "seeing" in the cutaway shots as Bell struggled with his decision to open the door or not. The tension here also, I think, represents Bell's decision to retire. After this, he's *done*.
John Prendergast (2 months ago)
This interpretation is the one and only right answer: Chigurh was not in the room when Bell was outside. What we saw was Chigurh in the imagination of Bell. Showing that image of Chigurh gave the audience the same apprehension as Bell. However, once Bell entered and found no one, he was relieved, but the audience is left puzzled, because there is no cinematic clue that we were seeing a mental image. That scene puzzled me for a while after I saw the movie, until I figured out the only possible answer. I guess the Coen brothers made this mystery on purpose, so viewers would think about the movie afterward, but many are still confused.
Mike Bish (4 months ago)
That's the thing about Anton chigur being gone at the hotel in the ending. It was a display of showing the tension as if this is the hero that finally wins? Or does death take us all. Instead it shows the whole point again, the sheriff missing the criminal; the hero failed his greatest test. Finally proving it was no country for old men.
Domexpo (4 months ago)
Old men* not old man
cliftt (4 months ago)
Smile doesn't signify enjoyment. Smile doesn't reach eyes. More like a McDonald's cashier who is remembering to smile.
Terry Thomas (2 months ago)
A real smile involves particular muscles near the eyes. No muscle, no real smile.
Melissa Portillo (4 months ago)
Tommy Lee Jones silhouetted at 10:55 is MONEY ! Pure defeat.
Captain Crayzay (4 months ago)
or.. maybe the movie was just edited horribly, creating these plot holes and mysteries.
this Kid (4 months ago)
Lol you're the most downer ass dude I've seen on here in awhile
Captain Crayzay (4 months ago)
this Kid you sound like someone who doesn't get invited to parties.
this Kid (4 months ago)
You sound fun at parties
John Sebring (4 months ago)
Oh, in that one scene with the Sheriff at the crime scene, Chicurh was simply in a different room. This echoes the earlier motif of the two rooms. Chigurh was waiting in the room next door. Remember?
John Sebring (4 months ago)
I think you have this all wrong. Chigurh is the only effective actor of this film taking place in the context of a culture in decline and chaos. What you interpret as "madness" I read as rational determination. Everyone in the film is a dysfunctional fuck-up except for Chigurh. He is the anti-hero of the film. The movie is subversive and plays on the fears of the continuing encroachment of foreign forces (Mexico) and cultures, bringing with them chaos, irrationality and destruction.
TempuS (5 months ago)
You're inaccurately crediting the Coens with the story and dialog; it's a near literal adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel, of the same name. One time, the brothers, jokingly, said that when they wrote the screenplay one of them had the book open and just told the other one what to copy down from the book. Other than that, great video on a fantastic movie.
TempuS (4 months ago)
No problem, I'm just going off of what I've read from Wikipedia and my personal experience with the book and the movie.
this Kid (4 months ago)
@TempuS You seem to have a lot of knowledge on this so I’ll take your word for it! Genuine thanks for all this information.
TempuS (4 months ago)
The movie does do a few things differently from the book and cuts some stuff from the book, but honestly it was all for the better. The book was good, but it definitely suffered by virtue of it originally being a screenplay and is probably McCarthy's weakest book. One of the few times where the movie is definitely better than the book.
this Kid (4 months ago)
@TempuS Wow, can’t believe nobody wanted this. I guess it’s good the Coens did pick it up though, can’t imagine a version of this movie where the directors *do* change things from the original book.
TempuS (4 months ago)
Yes, McCarthy originally wrote it as a screenplay; but no one wanted it, so he just turned it into a book. Then, obviously, the Coens adapted it in 2007.
Mike West (5 months ago)
Who got the money? Mexicans ?
TheyRiseBand (3 months ago)
Mexican border station guard.😂
Kenneth Holder (5 months ago)
Chigurh represents the idea that Even though Humans are the world's apex predator, there are a few men who are apex predators among humankind itself. His code of ethics isn't based on morality, it's based on intelligence and emotion. In his mind, if you're dumb enough to let a stranger hold some odd device up to your head then you deserve to die. On the emotional side if you display panic and fear you are marking yourself as a prey item. He shows mercy or the chance of mercy via coin toss to those who are intelligent enough to be fearful of him, but also respectful enough to know they have no choice on the matter whether he kills them or not, therefore bypassing any attempt to plead to him to spare their life. The reason he killed Carson Wells is because Carson knew Chigurh enough to know better than to take the same job as him, yet he did it anyway, then had the nerve to plead for his life. Not only was it an insult to Chigurh's aptitude, it was disrespectful. The people that survived Chigurh were smart enough to recognize the threat he is, and respectful enough to recline into their own helplessness of the matter. Thus paying respect to Chigurh as not a man to be reasoned with, but a force of nature to be reckoned with.
this Kid (4 months ago)
Oh, yeah true, I didnt realize those theories can work together. I kinda thought you were presenting an argument against the video. Your theory's actually really interesting and I haven't heard one like it yet
Kenneth Holder (4 months ago)
+this Kid I don't think the theories of Chigurh being an Apex Predator among humankind, or the theory that he is the Grim Reaper incarnate have to be mutually exclusive. The Grim Reaper is natural selection, and natural selection is best explemfied among Predatory animals that prey upon the young, old & weak.
this Kid (4 months ago)
No offense, but I feel the theory that Chigurh attempts to embody ‘walking death’ is much more in line with what McCarthy intended. If the movie’s trying to show us that Chigurh is some sort of heightened version of man, then why have him become T-Boned by a random civilian and essentially doomed to death towards the end? I think this ending also refutes the thought that he is “a force of nature to be reckoned with”–despite the fact that his ideals certainly should have made him one, he ended up being defeated by a chance encounter, just as vulnerable as everyone else.
Alexander (5 months ago)
The last scene - the car crash (something random, uncontrollable, happening to the "force of nature" Chigurh) is supposed to show that he was really just a man all along.
Gary Mayo (5 months ago)
I agree that the evil in this film is a specter. It is the only explanation for the final hotel scene, and confirmed by the coffee shop scene between the two sheriffs in the parking lot. Good film. Not a typical good film, but a good film none the less.
Gabriel P (5 months ago)
Okk... Every "movie expert" on youtube has a different interpretation of the real meaning of each of these scenes.. xDxD In my opinion, you didn´t get the parallels of the reflexion on the TV scene at all.
this Kid (4 months ago)
Well he never claimed to be a movie expert or nothing, just trying to offer his analysis on it... there’s no need to be patronizing
J LiT (5 months ago)
sugar is lucifer in a mild faction. his intentions or theirs are speculated but not known. sugars work is decided for him hence the approval of the people he's about to release. he feels he's doing the work of god. but troubled enough not to know its satans work because its monetary
Akhil Nair (5 months ago)
The cinematography of this movie is gorgeous .
I Am The One Who Knocks (6 months ago)
There are two characters in cinematic history who represent the embodiment of pure evil. Donald Pleasence described them both, within his description of one. "...blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... The Devil's Eyes. I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply.... Evil!" You put that monologue next to two individuals, and you'll see the same thing... Certain Death. Those two individuals, are Anton Chigurh and Michael Myers. I have yet to see anyone else in film bring a sense of dread and uneasiness, the way these two characters do. Death personified.
King Alfreds Shieldwall (6 months ago)
Why do idiots pretend that a shit film is deep and dark and genius when in reality it's just boring and badly scripted. You can't strangle a grown man with handcuffs for a start your wrists would be destroyed. Secondly he is waking around with a large canister and stun gun. Talk about a ridiculous weapon of choice.
this Kid (4 months ago)
Your name really does suit this bullshit comment
shadowdance4666 (6 months ago)
A vengeful spirit
bunberrier (6 months ago)
Great observations! Great movie too.
Kangjam Sarjit (6 months ago)
That's why he won oscar for best supporting role.
Azhagu Muthukumaran S (6 months ago)
nice narration nice voice nice investigation.
Steve52344 (6 months ago)
Methinks the movie has been over-analyzed. The author's theme is a kind of warning about our culture, as the title reflects. Chigurh is a symbol of a society that increasingly breeds dangerous members -- bold psychopaths who live without conscience and play by their own rules. "You can't stop what's coming," says the man in the shack to the sheriff. And what's coming are more people like Chigurh.
CRYPTOLAWYER (6 months ago)
Great analysis one of the best... I would like to know the significance of the scene where Chigur shoots at the crow on the bridge
xdarkprince (6 months ago)
inane analysis
The Sloth (7 months ago)
I think the film is a reflection on the decision-making processes that we all use to drive our journeys in life. You become an "old man" when your decision making process is no longer effective for the world in which you live....and this is no country for old men. Anton both questions others' and defends his own decision making process, albeit subtlety. He asks Carson Wells, "If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?" He's calling him an old man and then takes him out. He also says, "I got here the same way the coin did." to Carla Jean before he kills her. He's got his code that he lives by, which I think includes elements of both fate and chance. He hates small talk and believes that every word should be spoken with absolute clarity and conviction....and also that one should stick to their belief system. He shows this in the surprised glance he gives to the landlord of Moss's trailerpark when she sticks to her guns and refuses to give out information about him. He will take anyone out that interferes with his aims...which I think he sees as fate, but when they are not gives them the coin toss to let chance, and not him decide if they live. You'll note that he flips the coin first, so the outcome is set already when the person chooses. This movie is brilliant to me and I have been trying for a while to get into the mind of Chigurh to really understand how he sees the world. Normal people think he's crazy, but at the end of the movie he's the only one still active...that is to say not dead or otherwise retired. Good video man. I'll definitely have to check out your others.
Sunil zay (7 months ago)
Analyze Gladiator
finn bell (8 months ago)
gay
jay folk (8 months ago)
10:20 was roger deakins favorite shot he filmed for the movie. glad hes got his oscar now.
Slaate Plays (8 months ago)
I've always wondered about that last scene with the sheriff and Anton in that hotel room. I always understood it, as Anton was never in the room, because the sheriff came to late and missed him but now I'm seriously questioning what I saw.
E. Smit (8 months ago)
In the beginning of the film, I think you misinterpret the quote of the sheriff: "I always knew you had to be willing to die to do this job-not to be glorious. But I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don't understand". You interpret that to mean he upholds the law but knows there is evil in the world he doesn't have the power to fight, and that Anton Chigurg is the evil he doesn't "comprehend". I am sorry, but you misinterpret this statement. What he is really saying is it doesn't matter if he fights him or not, that he can't make a difference, and he isn't willing to die for essentially, "nothing". You have to analyze the meaning of "push my chips forward", "go out", and "meet" within the Sheriff's statement. To push one's chips forward is to place a bet, a wager, to take a risk, yet in this context, it is implicit when the Sheriff is talking about dying in the line of duty, he means to "go all in', to push "ALL his chips forward", risk his life. Further, in this context, "going out" means, "to die". Have you ever heard someone say, "I am not 'going out' like that..." in your lifetime? Lastly, look at the next two words with which it is coupled after the word "and". The Sheriff says, "AND MEET SOMETHING". Meet what? You skip this all together, skipping to the Sheriff's lack of "understanding" and interpret to mean he doesn't "comprehend" Anton Chigurh's character, when in fact, it is much, much bigger than that (also, why would he need to "understand" Chigurh? Ever heard of senseless acts of violence?). What happens when someone dies? Well, old school Christians refer to it as going to one of two places, and before going there you will be judged by some omnipotent being, God et. al. Older people used to call it, "meeting one's maker", or to meet your "creator". So, what the Sheriff is actually saying is he has always understood you had to be willing to die to do that job, and he is willing to do that (it is implied in that statement alone). However, he is not willing to risk his life, to "go all in" by pushing ALL of his chips forward, and die to go meet "something" he doesn't understand. What is the something? I am sure they could have been more specific, but they chose nebulous words that could apply to all religions and all types of people. "Something", in this context, "our creator", or whatever that omnipotent being is, to the Sheriff, is likely "God". Knowing we are dealing with a man in south Texas, he is likely a Baptist and Christian. Regardless, what the Sheriff is saying is that he is willing to die to defend his people, but not when the circumstances are meaningless and incomprehensible, not when he can't understand the PURPOSE of doing so, not when his acts of nobility will be the means to an end. Why should he die? Will it change anything in this instance? He isn't defending the life of one person in an act of nobility. He isn't rescuing someone trapped. No, he is being asked to interfere with something beyond his control, beyond anyone's control. When has the death of anyone in law enforcement over the past 5 decades had ANY impact on the war on drugs, or changed anything in the grand scheme of things? Also, the Sheriff is saying he doesn't understand our creator, that "if there is a God, then...". He surely feels he doesn't want to die for something that contradicts his entire belief system, only to meet a creator who he doesn't understand. This movie is a wonderful piece of art, and that is the beauty of great art, it is subject to so many interpretations. Notwithstanding the MANY deeper meanings within the movie, I think a "surface interpretation" of the movie, a simple analysis, if you will, shows that it is a microcosm of the War on Drugs. It is a microcosmic illustration of the lack of impact anyone in law enforcement has ever had on crime in general. I would end there, but I want to give a "silly" example of the interpretation of art. Everything I have just typed is my opinion, and I could be right, wrong, or somewhere in the middle. Just have fun when interpreting art, and don't take any of it too seriously, least of all, yourself. I commend you on your efforts with this channel and wish you the best of luck in life. To continue further with my meaning of interpretations, consider the following if I had included it within my interpretation of the Sheriff: "AND IF you wanted to get REALLY DEEP, you could say the Sheriff is analogous to Jesus, the son of God. He isn't willing to die for the sins of man, he doesn't want to die, not to go and "meet something he doesn't understand". It is largely ironic, because he doesn't understand Jesus and his death, or at least, not in actual practice. Is it questioning Jesus' death? Did Jesus die for nothing? Or is it calling into questions everyone who says they believe in what Jesus did, but they aren't willing to do it? Isn't it ironic? He died for our sins, so we could apparently get into heaven, yet the Sheriff, a Christian man from a Christian part of the country, isn't willing to die, to do what Jesus did, because he thinks it is pointless. Maybe that is the larger illustration...."
Joshua Gayou (9 months ago)
This is an excellent analysis, but I would note that those examples you point to for classic Cohen brothers dialog are nearly word-for-word taken from McCarthy's original text.
Independent Sistah (9 months ago)
This movie is about three aging main male character's that have lost their mojo (to include Anton he began to fall down on the job as well. ) This is an exceptional 🎥 movie!
Conway Courier (10 months ago)
Sheriff Ed Tom Bell & Anton Chigurh are the same person.
Heidi Standell (10 months ago)
Really enjoyed your analysis . HOWEVER...just one little problem. You can't talk about the cinematography in this film without mentioning how much of it is informed, and echoes, Terrance Malik. In fact, I see poor Terrance Malik's "Badlands" in practically every post-modern wannabe film set in ..well.... dry places. Which is ok, but not every film calls for the brooding silence of a large canvas. This film of course does. You can almost read the film theory textbook the director studied in film class in some movies. Too self consciously conscious. Not with the Coen Brothers though. They never squander what they steal. A good film by thoughtful directors who understand a bit of philosophy ie how to cram pages of ontological discourse into one minute of film.
Roj Blake (11 months ago)
Hollywood doesn’t make many great movies anymore but this is one of them. I watch it every year and love it more every time. In a world of empty headed popcorn blockbusters this film is a rare gem.
Marc D (1 month ago)
Dom Forte What a surprise
Dom Forte (1 month ago)
The book that it is based on is even better
Wilburgur (2 months ago)
+EpiDemic117 Yup. Denis Villeneuve is probably the last truly great big-budget director.
EpiDemic117 (2 months ago)
sicario was pretty fucking good to.
Tyler Mowery (10 months ago)
Agreed.
DunkinGrad (11 months ago)
Good analysis, deserves more views. You have got very good keywords here too, I can see that you have studied 'Film Studies' or at least something to do with movies. Well done :)
Tyler Mowery (11 months ago)
thank you!
Fresh Go Basement (11 months ago)
Not really stated here, and no shade to the Coen Brothers, but the brilliance of the dialogue much came from the novel they adapted. Much of it line for line.
Tyler Mowery (11 months ago)
yea, I've heard that. I probably should've included that.
Crystal Pepsi (11 months ago)
NCFOM feels so real. I really like this movie.
Tyler Mowery (11 months ago)
yea it's so dope
noé roy-marsiquet (1 year ago)
The end of this video gave me the sames goosebumps that the end of the movie gave me
Tyler Mowery (1 year ago)
I'm sure that's the art of the Coen Bros and not me haha
Ay Karamba (1 year ago)
Notice similar shirts worn by Moss, clerk and sheriff end scene retired. Different stages of a character as one is alive by chance (clerk), death Moss (chose the dangerous path) and life Sheriff retires end scene with similar shirt.
Tyler Mowery (1 year ago)
interesting! I didn't notice that.
Films Go TV (1 year ago)
I watched this movie so many times before i realized, the title of the movie is telling us the main theme.
Aragorn Stellar (1 year ago)
Like most literature, I think people overthink these things most of the time.
Greg Smith (3 months ago)
Complete nonsense. Especially with a Cormac McCarthy story. If anything during these analyses we miss things or fail to synthesize a bunch of smaller clues into the big picture. Even a half assed author would end up writing mythological truths without thinking the mediums of the myth deliberately.
Tyler Mowery (1 year ago)
I think there's a balance. Sure, I agree that some things are overthought. But there are also people with very specific visions who put a lot of thought and creativity into their art. I would argue the Cohen brothers are those types of people.
Dill Weed (1 year ago)
Bloody wrists also represent bloody wrists...
George Bean (1 year ago)
I'd just gotten around to finally watching this movie from beginning to end and understand its deep thematic meanings and characters, and I gotta say, I can't help myself, I keep coming back to this movie now, I now love it. Anton Chigurh is possibly my favorite character, cause of how stoic and cold-hearted he truly is, and is definitely a frightening villain to watch, especially when he uses his air tank on cylinder locks, gives the feeling that *_nobody_* is safe from him. And I love how there's no music soundtrack in it, it honestly makes the cat-&-mouse chase feel all the more suspenseful. And what I love about _NCfOM_ is that, in a way, like most other Coen brothers films, it is not of one genre, it is of many, it can be seen as a neo-Western, a horror film, a chase film, a noir crime thriller, a lil bit of black comedy.
3rd Gunman (1 year ago)
Chigurh isn't so much as evil as he is "Fate" incarnate. The embodiment of "$#!T Happens".
FBragger69 (1 year ago)
Very good dissection my friend, you have gained a new subscriber!
Tyler Mowery (1 year ago)
+FBragger69 awesome! Thanks so much!

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