No Country For Old Men: Analysis

Javier Bardiem in 'No Country for Old Men'
Javier Bardem plays a sociopath in the Coen Brothers’ 2007 Academy Award winning, “No Country For Old Men”.

I just finished watching 2007’s Oscar winner, No Country for Old Men.

I’ve never been a fan of the Coen Brothers films. Previous releases, “Fargo” and “Blood Simple” left me cold.

The film is about an illicit drug deal gone wrong in a remote desert location along the United States–Mexico border in 1980.

In the end, this film left me aggravated. There were so many open ended plots in the film that I was bewildered as to what the film was trying to tell.

One thing I will say for certain, the performance of Javier Bardem was one for the ages. He plays Anton Chigurh, the film’s main antagonist, a mysterious and sociopathic hit man.

His character is pure evil, something like the grim reaper. His performance is powerful enough for a well deserved Oscar.

But does this film deserve “Best Picture?”

The last time I experienced a film of this magnitude was Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1967 film, “Blow Up.” After initially panning the film, I took a second and third look and had a fond appreciation for the movie.

Like “Blow Up”, I’m going to have to watch the film again, and maybe read the original novel by Cormac McCarthy, which the film follows faithfully.

As far as I’m concern, the jury is still out.



I think I just figured it out! I went on’s Discussion page on “No Time For Old Men” and found a complete interpretation of the film.

Please scroll down and read the post by Suzanne C Bartley. It explains everything about the film and answers all my questions.

Click here to read!


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One Response to No Country For Old Men: Analysis

  1. Penelope Cruz is reportedly engaged to Bardem. I wonder if every once in a while, say shes lost in her thoughts, and he comes up behind her, probably just to ask if they have any Soy milk in the house or something equally innocuous, and she jumps a foot high? I have to admit–I'd be affected by that performance.

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