Interesting inside info. The casting confusion really explains the title much better and I too was suprised by the lack of a greater climax between miles and chigur. The denouement had me shaking my head...but it somehow seemed fitting.***SPOILER WARNING ON IT!! DONT READ PREVIOUS POST IF YOU DONT WANT TO BE SPOILED!!
i agree with everyone, that the acting is extremely superb and the content and tone are quite disturbing. i had a few issues with it though, storytelling wise.
i know the original story, as well as the the original script all the way through the casting process, had the main character as a much older man. he was supposed to be the age of the tommy lee jones character, the two of them are supposed to be the "old men" the title refers too. the cohens wanted Brolin senior (the one married to barbra streisand, forget his first name atm). SOMEONE made a monumental mistake and hired the JUNIOR, his son, josh. LOL! they realized this AFTER contracts were already inked. im wondering who can be SO off base to let a mistake like that go! well, once they realized the mistake, and the fact that there was no renegging on it, they had to set the story in 1980 to cater to the fact that their 'vietman vet' was only in his 30s. re-do production design, strike all references to modern times, etc.
as much as i think they made it work, and josh brolin did an absolutely fantastic job, the theme of the story was clearly aimed to apply to older men, especially two counterparts. there's no purpose, no help, no place, no god, for these old veterans of life, look what happens to them. they can only wait to die, or in the case of miles, be killed.
even that was all fine and good for me, i could swallow it. but i felt the storytelling itself was so left of center. there was this HUGE buildup towards some ultimate showdown between miles and chigur- that never happened. they didn't even meet. and to top that all off, they didn't even show us our hero's death. and some scenes aimed more to highlight the theme (tommy lee jones visit to the man in a wheelchair) felt too out of place and far too "literary" for a film, especially one spent in excess of its first hour setting up this creepy chase that just got tighter and tighter.
i dunno, i can absolutely appreciate what they did was this, what they were going for, but i cant say i get the massive hype, other than the acting. javier and josh put on an amazing show of talent, that i gotta say. i can see javier getting a nomination for this one.
i've been wondering the same thing! although this film has made me take notice of what a terrific actor josh brolin is. i must see american gangster, he's in that one as well.Javier and Josh really are great in the movie, would have been interesting to see what James Brolin would have done with it!