Why I Hate Coen Brother's Movies
In the latest issue of Chronicles, George McCartney reviews "No Country For Old Men," which I saw recently, and provides an answer: it's the worldview, stupid. McCartney writes:
"One can see why the Coen brothers were drawn to McCarthy’s novel. All their films invoke chance as the ultimate arbiter in life. From their first feature, Blood Simple, to The Man Who Wasn’t There, they have indulged in a smart-alecky existentialism that cleverly sneered at the very notion that life has any rhyme or reason. Events happen, their characters suffer or prosper, that’s all. No appeal to a higher order of meaning. Nothing makes any sense."
Nothing makes sense. Precisely! There was a scene of a UFO-sighting in "The Man Who Wasn't There" which was completely out of place, disconnected in any way from the "plot". When the movie finished, I watched the scene again accompanied by the Coen's commentary. It turns out that they weren't exactly sure why the scene was in the movie, either. There was no rhyme or reason, it was just there. This is what passes for cinematic brilliance.