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Critical Argument In The Film 'No Country For Old Men'

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Critical Argument In the film “No Country for Old Men,” there are many aspects that make it a fantastic piece of work. The authors A.O. Scott, Anthony Lane, and Christopher Orr all write brilliant reviews that praise the film as well as pick apart its shortcomings. However, none of the authors touched on the one seemingly obvious piece to the puzzle, which is the title.
No Country for Old Men” is a title that stands out among many others, and it does not speak for itself the way that many movie titles do. The title refers to the idea that the nature of evil has changed, and old value systems no longer apply. It also could refer to Sheriff Bell, and how he is getting to be old and how his way of doing things is aging as well. In the film, it is touched on repeatedly on how he feels he is no longer a match for today’s criminals.
A.O. Scott’s judgement of the film is what he describes as “sheer brilliance.” Scott heavily pushes his approval of the film and its success by saying “…those movie goers sent into raptures by tight editing, nimble camera work and faultless sound design.” He continuously praises the film techniques and the Coens’ precise execution. Personally, I agree with Scott that “No Country for Old Men” is a work of art. Though I concede that the film is truly great, I believe there should be more attention focused on the lack of a soundtrack in the film. Leaving out the soundtrack turns the movie into something much more serious. It puts the viewer right there
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