Editor’s Note: The following piece is a thematic analysis of No Country for Old Men, not a review. As such, it contains numerous spoilers. If you have not seen the film, please read at your own risk.
Few people at this point need to be convinced of the genius behind the Coen brothers’ latest film, the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men. The film was heaped with critical praise, and took home Best Picture and Director honors at the Academy Awards. So, to review the movie after it has already received so much press seems a bit redundant at this point. However, there are deep, underlying themes in the film that deserve to be explored.