No Country for Old Bill

Posted 9 years ago by Adam Gautsch

I thought the last lines of Stephen Hunter's review of 'No Country for Old Men' was a perfect explanation of why Evan hated Kill Bill 2.

By narrative convention then, the movie is building toward a confrontation between these two. We know it, we expect it, the rules of the thriller mandate its necessity. It represents the completion of the bargain the storyteller has made with us.

"No Country for Old Men" then vigorously subverts the convention. It's meant to be "ironic," with that big capital I. Instead it's unsatisfying, with a capital U. Nobody goes to the movies for the irony. They go for the satisfaction.

4 Comments

Evan Tishuk ~ 9 years ago

Yup, that sums up why I disliked KBv2. A potentially awesome fight to the death turned into a mushy let down festooned with motherly platitudes. Maybe Kill Bill just blew its wad in the first volume and set the bar too high for the second installment. Either way, it was a disappointment to me.

olivier ~ 9 years ago

Oh no! The trailer was so good.

PS: ABout KBv2, I couldn't agree more.

Jake ~ 8 years ago

I think this is a double-standard. Some people clamour for realism in movies, then when they get it (via an "unsatifying" ending), they complain all the more. NCFOM is an incredible film for all of the things it does do, and for all of the things it does not.

Evan Tishuk ~ 8 years ago

For the record, I liked NCFOM a lot. A lot more than KBv2.

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