Sunday, December 02, 2007

May the League Recommend...

No Country for Old Men

It's been a while since I thought the Coens were making a movie that I wanted to see.

I did not enjoy "The Man Who Wasn't There". I skipped the Tom Hanks heist movie and the George Clooney/ Catherine Zeta Jones flick.

But I did manage to make it out for No Country for Old Men.

Honestly, I don't even really want to talk about it, but the movie will defy many movie-goers' expectations, and that's either going to work for you, or it isn't. It worked for The League.

Also, performances were uniformly sharp, and the setting of West Texas makes sense not just in the context of the story, but is the perfect backdrop for the grander themes of the story.

I have not read any Cormac McCarthy book, but I know his fans were probably a bit nervous about the translation to screen. I've no idea how close it might have been to the book, but Jason, who had read the book, seemed fairly pleased.

We the movie at the new Alamo DraftHouse, which is where the Ritz once stood on Sixth Street. Technically, its still the Ritz, complete with sign, but the interior is unrecognizable. A very small part of my twenties has been compromised.

Parking isn't so much an issue as it is expensive if you don't want to walk several blocks back to your car. On top of ticket price and food, its an expensive night out.

Fortunately, the movie was good enough that expense didn't play into the equation. However, had the movie been a dud...


Steven said...

Funny you should mention, Lauren and I caught this last night and were similarly impressed: although neither of us are entirely sure we liked the story.

Incidentally upon leaving this movie I thought about making "On "The Road"". The McCarthy / Kerouac mashup the world has been waiting for.

The League said...

I think you may be on to something.

I kinda knew the story wasn't going to appeal to everyone. Well, I was clued in at the end when the girl two seats down from me stood up when the lights came on and said "What the @#$% was that?"

I enjoyed it. And I do understand whether I liked the story is subjective enough, but I was glad McCarthy and the Coens saw fit not to just color the numbers of the typical movie plot and used something familir to make a different point.