Rating: 3.5 stars
Halfway through The Dark Knight, I realized that it reminded me of another film I had seen in the past year.
The Incredible Hulk?
Try No Country For Old Men. Yes, director Christopher Nolan is dealing with themes as dark and resonant as those explored by the Coen Brothers in their Oscar winner. There are even a few handy corollaries.
Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh can be easily replaced by Heath Ledger’s Joker. Both characters represent a new kind of villain—sick, amoral, hellbent for destruction. While Bardem's Chigurh was eerily calm and methodical, Ledger’s Joker is a twitching, chortling, punk rock goblin. The performance of the late young actor is as good as advertised (almost too good, the film sags a bit when he’s not on screen).
In place of Tommy Lee Jones’ wizened sheriff Bell, we have three men:
There’s idealistic District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) who, like Chigurh, flips a coin to determine the fate of himself and others (a clue to his...