CATEGORIES Comedy, Drama, New Releases, DVD Reviews, New on DVD, Family Films, Home Entertainment, Features, DVDs, Movie News, New Releases, CinematicalNo Country for Old Men
There's nothing like the sweet relief of solid DVD choices, especially led by the Oscar-winning powerhouse, No Country for Old Men. There's a reason this film created so much buzz. Based on Cormac McCarthy's novel, the film is a mature and intricate story based on a premise that seems simple and over-done. Josh Brolin, continuing to prove his memorable acting chops, plays Llewelyn Moss, a man who comes upon an eerie drug deal gone bad -- where drugs, money, and bodies lay dust-covered and seemingly forgotten. The man takes the money, which, unsurprisingly, makes him the target of a sadistic killer played by Javier Bardem. While Llewelyn tries to escape, with a brow-raising amount of bad-guy know-how, Tommy Lee Jones' Sheriff Bell tries to come to the bottom of the story -- with the help of a bumbling Terminator, Garret Dillahunt.
Even this description doesn't really encapsulate the film, which is as powerful in its presentation as it is in its story. The silence of a score-free backdrop, and the calculated measure and release of information make the journey unique and worthy -- both as drama, and as a dark, sadistic comedy. You must throw yourself into the scene, and pick out the details as they unfold -- not in a Memento clue-fest, but in an environment where subtlety reigns.
But it's not only the men who shine. Kelly Macdonald proves her talents as a supportive, yet observant wife of Llewelyn, and Beth Grant steals her scenes as the bitching, troublesome mother of Macdonald's Carla Jean.
The DVD features 3 featurettes -- a making-of mini-doc, a short fluff piece about the directors, and a brief diary of the Country Sheriff.
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Yes, I'm following the Coens with a cheery family film, but it's one that I enjoyed more than I thought possible. As an old-school Drew fan, who poured over piles of those classic, hard, yellow books, and the older-Nancy, paperback Files pulp, I was eager to see the film. However, I only figured it to be the sort of mediocre picture that would tap into my nostalgia, but not my cinematic tastes.
I was wrong. I actually watched this on one of those small, seat-framed airplane monitors, and found myself laughing out loud a number of times. There's nothing quite like a smart and engaging heroine, and Emma Roberts tackles the epic, mystery-solving leading lady with class and humor. Sure, there are goofy bits like Bruce Willis' cameo, but they're meant to be fun and silly, and work as just that. I could nitpick over Ned, and gripe that Bess and George are relegated to way-too-brief cameos, but maybe that's a different mystery for a different day. In Hollywood, Nancy Drew's class thrives, and it's a welcome twist from the usual bubble-gum, airheaded fare.
The movie is the real winner on this disc, but the DVD does include a few extras for you -- a short blip on being a kid actor, a brief gag reel, a music video, and some super-short featurettes.
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