Overly Reductive Plot Summary
Josh Brolin steals money from Javier Bardem; Tommy Lee Jones is too old to do anything and eventually too old to care.
Being the first movie in the entire history of American Cinema to feature a cop on the cusp of retirement who A) is getting too old for this shit but never says the phrase "getting too old for this shit" and B) survives.
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Elements Of The Film Ranked (on a scale of 1 to 5)
- The undeniable fact that not much really happens and that which does happen is pretty much in congruence with the most basic laws of a western.
- Tommy Lee Jones is great, as always, but is limited by the role, which just feels like every Tommy Lee Jones stereotype rolled into one character.
- The cinematography is stunning. Cinematographer Roger Deakins knows how to shoot the midwest.
- Javier Bardem is out and out terrifying and a perfect yang to Josh Brolin's yin. Both are interpretations of the myth of the American cowboy, but taken in ferociously different directions.
- The Coens made a very bold choice regarding the score of this film. And, it pays off in each and every scene.
Good enough to be great, but not great enough to be a classic of the genre.