Movie Review of “No Country for Old Men” + Thoughts on Longing for Another Home

Posted: March 20, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Movie Reviews, Theology
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After watching this movie, my first impression was, “What was the big deal about this movie?”. I was thinking, “It was entertaining, had some good performances, but what made it praiseworthy to the academy?”. I know these comments are considered blasphemy for many who loved this flick, but I am simply sharing my first impressions of the film.

I was unhappy with my first impression and was struggling to find something more that I may have missed. “Was there some deep existential meaning behind it all that I am too dumb to see?”. After all, after viewing the Matrix, I felt the same dumbfoundedness, wondering what I was missing.

Anyhow, after more reflection, the best I can come up with is that Sheriff Bell’s concluding comments at the end of the film is the key to unlocking the deep mysteries of this movie. He visits his uncle a little earlier in the movie, sharing how he is retiring and feels “over-matched”. His uncle seems to relate with the sentiments. In this scene, one sees two old soldiers who have fought the good fight and essentially wondering what good has been done by it. Bell seems somewhat depressed to say the least.

In the closing scene, as Bell and his wife chat over breakfast, Bell recalls a dream about his sheriff father. His dad went ahead on a mountain pass to start a fire and Bell proceeds to follow, expecting his dad to be waiting with a fire…and then Bell wakes up.

I think that this closing scene reveals that Bell doesn’t feel at home in his world anymore and is longing to be elsewhere, thus the title, “No Country for Old Men”.

Theological Connections 

I would simply say that such sentiments are regularly felt by many. The good news is that there is another destination waiting for us. Jesus has paved the way, is the light of the world, and we are to follow Him. He is preparing a place for us and one day we will be united with Him if we should seek Him wholeheartedly. In the meantime, we are to live out our lives here on earth for His glory. Even if we should feel “over-matched”…we should hear the words of Jesus who told us not to lose heart because He has overcome the world.

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Comments
  1. mimi h says:

    c’mon!! the movie sucked! a waste of almost 2hrs of my life. end of story.

  2. mimi h says:

    sorry. although, i may be able to possibly appreciate the agony of finding a deeper meaning to something not worth much, like our sinful selves void of God’s grace. maybe….

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