Year Released: 2007
ain Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin,Woody Harrelson , Kelly Macdonald
Review Date: September 2016
Last watched: September 2016
Number Watches: 2
Format Watched: DVD
“What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?”
“Mister? You got a bone stickin’ out of your arm.”
Only a few directors have their own style. The Coen brothers have a weird-ass style all of their own and I love it.
There’s a definite old western feel to this road-trip (type), dark comedy (sort of) horror/thriller thing. But some how there isn’t one label you can put on it. So where to start…
The actors are all gritty and a bit stupid in their different ways so fit in with the dusty reality of ordinary places with ordinary gun fights and ordinary slow thinking people. Tommy-Lee, Josh and Javier are quiet, strong, reliable and so right for the main guys that it’s hard to believe this wasn’t written for them. All the production is good and these three keep the standard very high. A word out for Woody and Kelly who are both more than just background and add a couple of extra pieces to the plot.
The script is a wonderful thing and everyone has lines that are a joy to hear. The delivery is as much part of the texture as the pauses and looks in between so big up to the directors too.
In other words, I liked it. Both times I watched so far. It’s brutal in places, funny in dark corners, well played and well directed. It’s easier to say what kind of film it isn’t than is so… NOT from the stock of romcoms, Cops, Actioners, Politcals, Scifis, Fantasies or Teenage Angsters. If you like grit and don’t mind a bit of rough but also want to be intrigued and like the banter then go see it.
DVD Extras: Making of is good but also shows that all of these guys are serious about making films. I mean really serious. No gag reel.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. I was so close to marrying this charming, quiet, subtle little deary…but I didn’t. Call it.