Friday, January 22, 2010 10:45:27 PM
I can see why. It's powerful. And not a regular Hollywood movie. It's horrifying, but in a quiet, understated, slow way. There is spectacle, but it's all in the form of the ruined scenery. It's somewhat crushing in it's lack of sentimentality. This is not a film for a first date.
And yet it still revolves around love, and the failure to give up hope long after reason says there is no case for hope.
Was that vague enough?
Haunting. That's the word.
A couple of friends at work asked me what the point in "No country for old men" was, another film based on a book by Cormac McCarthy, another relentless film, given that it's so wholly downbeat. I had a hard time answering. But I think that it's fodder for the imagination, a spark that gets us thinking about the world and each other.
If you can stomach a genuinely post-apocolyptic film, go see this.