Whatever your weekend plans are, be sure to set aside a few hours to see No Country for Old Men
, the latest movie by the Coen Brothers and the year’s best film. The sibs are already responsible for some of our all-time favorite flicks: Miller’s Crossing, Fargo, The Big Lebowski
. No Country for Old Men
could very well be their masterpiece.
Based on Cormac McCarthy’s desolate novel
, the movie takes place in 1980 Texas, where a drug deal has gone horribly wrong. A cowboy-hat-sportin’ welder (played by Josh Brolin, who’ll never again land a role as rich as this one) stumbles on a bunch of bullet-riddled bodies, a dying dude, and a bag filled with lots and lots of money.
Over the next two hours, a small-town sheriff, angry Mexicans, and the baddest hitman to appear onscreen in a long, long time (played by Javier Bardem
with maximum coolness; when he’s in a good mood, he lets the flip of a coin determine the fate of his victims) chase the cash-carrying Brolin across Texas.
It’s one hell of a ride, built on the Coens’ usual foundation of dark suspense and even darker humor. Just don’t expect a tidy finish. McCarthy’s book ends on an existential note, and the Coens stay faithful to his words.
No Country for Old Men
opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre
. --Michael Gallucci