No Movie For Old Men


Movie producers and brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen, are two of my favorites.  They recently collaborated with author, Cormac McCarthy, another personal favorite, to produce No Country For Old Men.  This is a movie whose title and story-line are derived directly from one of McCarthy’s many acclaimed novels.

I read the book some time ago and recently saw the movie.  For many of the same reasons that influenced the story’s protagonist and aging Sheriff Ed Tom Bell to retire, I invoke to suggest you read the book and skip the movie.

Sheriff Bell, who rarely carried a gun and whose role was well played by Tommy Lee Jones, feels the world around him has gone amok, devolved irretrievably into a growing culture characterized by drugs, money and horrific violence.

It’s the violence, wanton and routine, that alienates Sheriff Bell.  The more he sees, the more he’s repulsed and feels detached. Outdated.  Irrelevant.

For me, the message of the book and movie coincide to create a kind of dark irony; in truth, the violence depicted in the movie is so visually and audibly correct that it outperforms the message and is the only sustainable memory of the movie.  It also outperformed my imagination while reading the book.

Like Sheriff Bell, I’ve passed my prime.  When you’re over the hill, you’re over a lot of things such as the depiction of violence, to name one.

Wouldn’t it be nice to live without it?

I got the message from reading the book; however, No Country For Old Men was no movie for me.