‘NO COUN­TRY FOR OLD MEN’

Metro USA (New York) - - Film - MATT PRIGGE @mattprigge matt.prigge@metro.us

Be­fore he wrote an ac­tual screen­play (for the wildly un­der­rated “The Coun­selor”), Cor­mac McCarthy wrote a book that ba­si­cally read like a screen­play. You can’t imag­ine grue­some grinders like “Child of God” or “Blood Merid­ian” as movies — that is, un­less you’re James Franco — but his 2005 novel reads like the thriller it two years later be­came. All the Coen brothers had to do was cut the right bits out. The re­sult? One of the few Best Pic­ture Os­car win­ners you could will­ingly kill a lazy Sun­day watch­ing, strik­ing the right bal­ance be­tween pulp and pro­fun­dity.

PARA­MOUNT

Javier Bar­dem’s hair is still funny in the Coen brothers’ “No Coun­try for Old Men.”

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