Friday, December 14, 2007

No Country For Old Men

Disappointing for those of us who really like the good (or at least the "better") folks to live, but a thrilling, bloody, suspenseful, incredibly well-acted and wonderfully scripted little movie. It's a darker, grittier, smarter version of Unforgiven.

Also: blood and guns and assasins and drug deals gone wrong!

Great performances all around; smart, tough, engaging characters (again, if you're not going to give me films focusing on female heroines, then the least you can fucking do is write female characters that Don't Suck. This film succeeds there).

A film to watch, but not something you're going to buy and keep around for comfort food.

2 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Deb said...

I agree, and it was truly brutal. Wish we could see a female lead with a role like that.

Kameron Hurley said...

Agreed.

There's still this expectation that men are just naturally brutal and scary, and women are just hysterical seconds.

A woman who gets to be really, truly, scary - brutally scary - is still a rarity.

I can't think of one, actually. The one that comes closest is "Monster," but even she was not brutal. The killings were done by gunshot, and she was painted and an abused prostitute lashing out; that cold-blooded scariness was missing.