Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Movie Clip Wednesdays: Best Adaptation of Book to Film

Hands down, the Coen Brothers' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's spare, hypnotic novel No Country For Old Men. The movie is as close to poetry on film as you're likely to get.

Check out everyone else's pick at Boxer's Place:


Buzz Kill said...

I never realized this was a book adaptation. This was a really well done movie and Javier Bardem is a scary dude. If you'll recall, he was my best bad guy a few weeks back - and that status hasn't changed.

I like this clip with the Johnny Cash song. It gives you a taste of the whole movie.

Happy MCW!

Karl said...

Good morning Moi,

Buzz's description of this movie in his post, put me off the idea of seeing it. Whereas yours makes me and rethink that. I tend to avoid movies lots of graphic violence. Is it violent just for the sake of it or does the violence make the movie?

chickory said...

I loved the book and i loved the movie. the scene where llewelyn is shot and ends up in the river with the pitbull after him is such a pretty piece of celluloid.

nobody does world weary like TLJ. did you see blue sky?

amazing to take someone as sext as javier bardem and turn him into chigur. yikes.

woody harrelson had some of the best lines like

do you have any idea how GD crazy you are?

and chigur says "you mean the nature of this conversation?"

and woodys character says "i mean the nature of YOU"


excellent choice moi.

Jenny said...

Karl and I share a similar thing; I did not see this movie due to the violence, but Mr. Boxer has it and after this I will not only watch the movie (I love the Coen Bros.) but will also read the book. I didn't know there was one.

I'm collecting a great list of books and movies. I'm loving this week.

Great pick. Bonus! Moi's 'hood.

moi said...

Buzz: This is one of the few cases where the movie follows the book so closely, I wouldn't both to read the book if you haven't. Unless, like me, you have a love/hate relationship with McCarthy's peculiar style and you keep reading in order to figure it out.

Karl: That's a good question. This movie is very violent and for the most part that violence is disturbing. But necessary if you're going to make the kinds of juxtapositions this movie dares to make on a grand level: free will versus chance, nihilism versus purpose, good versus evil.

Chickory: Loved that scene, regardless of the fact that no true-to-form pit bull would ever chase down a human being except to play ball :o). Bardem was brilliant. We recently watched Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a sexy Euro romp if ever there was one and it's hard to believe the two characters were the same man.

Boxer: It's worth the discomfort. Besides, Woody Harrelson is in it :o)

chickory said...

yes....i just saw vicky christina barcelona too. do i want to go to oviedo? your bet your spanish ass! grrhahahaha

moi said...

Chickory: In a heartbeat :o) I wouldn't even PACK.

LẌ said...

Very good choice. I need to read the book.

Happy MCW!

Joanna Cake said...

Didn't know it was based on a book but the film is a corker! Ruf and I really enjoyed it.

Pam said...

I can't believe I didn't get over here to comment. This is one movie on my list to see (yet again that I have not seen). It looks very serious though and I have to be in that frame of mind to take on such a movie. Tommy Lee Jones? Have loved him since he was on that soap opera in the 70s. He does do world weary the best of anyone. And how about him in Lonesome Dove? A better casting never existed.