November 16, 2007

Sports Guy Film Critic Quote of the Week

Here's Simmons echoing my thoughts exactly on "No Country For Old Men":

"By the way, if somebody has a good explanation for the last 25 minutes of that movie, I'd love to hear it. Everyone at my theater applauded when it was over, like something special had just happened. Meanwhile, I'm was sitting there going, "Wait, it's over? What the hell just happened? Without spoiling it, from the moment we see a hotel pool for the first time, the wheels come off so fast that it's like Norv Turner took over for the Coen Brothers. So frustrating."

Posted by Stephen Silver at November 16, 2007 05:30 PM

When I saw the trailer for No Country a few months ago, I was impressed enough to head to imdb to learn more about it.

When I saw that it was based on a book by Cormac McCarthy, some of whose other work I had really enjoyed, I ordered up the book and read it.

While I have not yet seen the movie, it sounds as though the ending tracks exactly with the disastrously awful manner in which the novel concludes.

I was so surprised at the disparity between the first two-thirds or three-quarters of the book and the remainder that I actually spent some time looking for an explanation. The best that I could come up with is that the book McCarthy submitted to the publisher was 600 + pages, and that there was a significant disagreement between McCarthy and the publisher over the final cut.

I was actually hoping that the Coen Bros. would "fix" the ending, and I am disappointed to see that their faithfulness to the source material has been taken to absurdity.

Posted by: Benedict at November 19, 2007 01:34 PM
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