“No Country for Old Men” delivers a chilling movie-going experience. The Coen brothers abandon humor, for the most part, and chase down a robber and killer with cold, exacting craft. Editing? Seamless. Performances? Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin are model noir actors who use words sparingly and actions to maximum effect. Score? There is virtually none. All of the tension is generated by cuts, camera angles and fluid sequencing.
My initial personal quibble – that the movie left me cold – really doesn’t hold water anymore. After all, that’s what this western noir piece is designed to do: scare the hope out of us.
Is this best Coen brothers movie? Does it top “Fargo,” “Barton Fink” or “Miller’s Crossing?”
Are you “No Country’s” friend-o?
PHOTO: Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in a scene from "No Country for Old Men." (Richard Foreman/Miramax Films)