I’ve been looking forward to this from the moment a friend of mine brought up the R-rated trailer and said, “You’ve gotta check this out,” and was finally able to see it tonight. Although we all walked out of The Ladykillers thinking “WTF?”, the Coen Bros. have come back with a movie as strong, if not stronger than Fargo and The Big Lebowski. If you read the book and liked it, you’ll love the movie. The entire thing has been very faithfully adapted, and seeing it all presented visually helps to clear up a few plot points that are a little confusing in the book. The story, boiled down, is this: Texas good ol’ boy Llewlyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin, of Goonies fame) runs across a group of dead Mexican drug runners, a truck full of heroine and two million dollars. Of course, he takes the money and runs and is soon after on the run from law enforcement and hitmen both.
Rounding out the trio are Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy-Lee Jones) and Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem). Bell, a WWII vet and local sheriff waxes philosophic on the ever-increasing evil in the world and whether or not it’s something we can really prepare against. Chigurh – who should be your favorite part of the movie – is a killer charged with reclaiming the lost two million. The action here reaches a boiling point that climaxes in an ending you truly aren’t expecting. And ultimately, that’s what you’ll love or hate about the film. This is one of those movies where half the audience walks out pissed off. If you hate it, you’ll agree with those people. If you love it, then screw them and everyone else who can’t appreciate good art. But seriously, if you’re among those who hate it, then you really can’t appreciate good art. This movie has something for everyone (enough deep-thinking for the emo kid and enough action for the big, dumb American – in all of us) and easily makes it into my top three of the year, right alongside The Assassination of Jesse James and an as-yet-unclaimed third spot (because seriously, has 2007 been THAT great a year for movies?). A+