No Country for Old Men – Guest Post

Posted: March 8, 2012 by jperritt in Action, Drama, Thriller
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This Friday we are excited to welcome another guest blogger, Blaine Grimes, to Reel Thinking. Blaine submitted a guest post after accepting our request for submissions that we posted several weeks ago. He will be illuminating No Country for Old Men through the lens of Scripture. This is a film we were already planning on discussing, but Friday’s post goes in another direction, which is great. It shows us that there are typically multiple truths one film can illumine.

This also speaks very highly of the 2007 Best Picture winner, No Country for Old Men. We must give the common disclaimer that No Country is a rough film to watch. There is graphic violence and a gritty look at evil. However, the film’s faithfully adapted screenplay was said to be the best since the timeless classic To Kill a Mockingbird. It has also been said that this film will be discussed by many a film class for years to come.

No Country had a total of eight Oscar nominations and won four – Picture, Directing, Screenplay, & Supporting Actor. Javier Bardem’s villainous character Anton Chigurh was also said to be one of the greatest villains in cinematic history.

All of this to say, when a film receives this much notoriety and is said to be an instant classic, it’s something we must discuss. I’m not claiming that all Christians should watch this film, I know there are issues of conscience here, however, if the Academy and the culture are embracing this film Christians must look at it more closely.

How can it challenge us? What can we appreciate? What could Christian filmmakers learn from a film like this? Why is it that most non-Christian filmmakers seem to be more faithfully depicting sin, than Christian filmmakers? What is the film communicating? With the warning of the content in mind, we would suggest watching this film and asking some of these questions.

So be sure and make Blaine feel welcome by checking out his post tomorrow on No Country for Old Men.

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