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No Country for Old Men [Apr. 25th, 2008|05:06 pm]
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Well. The violence is horrific. It made me feel ill. I hate to say it, but what a fantastic movie! The characters, the way it was shot, the story. All of it except the confusing ending I liked. And the violence is gross.

Anyhow, Craig said the movie has no point. It's a cat and mouse chase and action/horror type movie. It's just like a Western and the point is to be entertaining. Craig liked the movie but was shocked that I did. I cringed and freaked out a few times because it's very suspenseful.

I totally disagree abd I thought it had a very clear point and "moral to the story" and here's what I think it is. Well, and also that the hitman is a true bada$$.

The point of the movie becomes apparent when the Sheriff goes to visit his friend in the Wheelchair and he says that he wouldn't do anything if the person who shot him got out of jail. That the way he figures it, too many people worry about trying to get back what is already lost, and the whole time they worry about that, more is going out the door. That is echoed repeatedly in the movie. First when everyone in the standoff is dead rather than lose their money. When Luwellen(sp?) tries to get back the ability to look himself in the face by bringing water to the already dead man. When so many people die because they are tracking the money which is already lost. When Luwellen refuses to deal with hit man because he won't believe his life is already lost. There were many more examples of it in the movie. Finally, at the end, the sheriff actually DOES quit. He realizes he lost and won't capture the killer, and for that he wins peace and happiness.

Very strange movie. Really beautifully scary, and I HATE scary movies. I think if you like scary movies you would like this.

Maybe I just think this way because I believe it does nothing good to try to get revenge over what is lost. That's been the one hardest lesson to learn for me as I sometimes mourn myself. All of the hurt at the injustice of how I was treated when obese. All of the times I felt less than human. The doctors who would blame my weight. The fact that it hurts when people treat me so much better now. The unfairness of having to be in pain still wears at me and is sneaky at trying to distract me so that the good things can "head out the door". I have to try not to be tricked. It's really easy to focus on what you've lost. It's really hard to accept it and appreciate what you have left. What you could have. What you could do. Anyhow, that's the message I got, if it was intended or not.

[User Picture]From: thesugarmonster
2008-04-26 12:11 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to seeing it. I read the book recently and LOVED it.

Also, I'm so excited for you and all the big changes coming your way! I know how much this means to you and I'm really ecstatic that you're able to move forward so soon. =)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-04-26 12:16 am (UTC)
Did you think the book had a point?
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[User Picture]From: thesugarmonster
2008-04-26 12:22 am (UTC)
The book was sometimes confusing in the sense that not everything was laid out for you. But I liked that in the sense that you found yourself in the same position as one of the characters: not really knowing what the hell was going on all the time or who was doing what.

I definitely see the point you found as well. The destruction caused by refusing to let go of things. The refusal to acknowledge and accept loss. There was also a lot about the loss of innocence that the older generation was allowed. Meaning that, up until this case, the Sheriff honestly believed that the criminals today were the same as the ones 100 years ago. But then he was forced to realize they aren't.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-04-26 12:30 am (UTC)
I saw the loss of innocence theme many times too. You won't believe how creepy the hitman is in the movie.
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