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"No Country for Old Men" ending (SPOILER)

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by WaylonJennings, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. Just saw the movie for the first time.

    Great film. Deserved all the accolades it has gotten.

    But just wondering - Did Tommy Lee Jones basically mean, at the end, that with all the evil he's seen and dealt with in law enforcement which frustrates him into retirement, that the dream means that he has been able to keep going because he has faith that the end will make the journey worthwhile? (i.e. heaven symbolized by his dad waiting for him at the end?)
     
  2. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    huh? That's a long sentence.

    Whatever he meant, that ending fucking sucked and ruined the whole movie.
     
  3. Reminded me of "The Sopranos."

    I don't think it ruined it, though.

    What if it had just ended with the bad guy limping away? Would that have been OK with you?
     
  4. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    I think it meant that his dad had gone ahead of him, knowing that the young'n would linger back, fighting battles that couldn't be won. And, when the son finally learned that fact, his dad would be waiting for him to catch up.
     
  5. Yeah, cool, that makes sense.
     
  6. Giggity

    Giggity Member

    Some good explanations on here:

    http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/49120/
     
  7. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Not every movie needs to have everything wrapped up in a bow for us, and it ends almost exactly how the book ends, IIRC.
     
  8. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    wfw.
     
  9. Reminded me very, very much of a short story's structure and denouement (lack thereof) - even though I do realize it was based on a novel.
     
  10. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    That's the best explanation I've seen.
     
  11. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    i also think we deserve more than a random ending that basically represents nothing.

    i'm with gbnf. the ending sucked monkey balls.
     
  12. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Well, if anyone knows monkey ball sucking, it's Tom. :D
     
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