Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in 
No Country for Old Men

Photos: © Miramax Films & Paramount Vantage
Only three words describe Javier Bardem's character in No Country for Old Men—dead man walking. Look at that face—there's nothing there. It's almost as if the blood has drained out of Anton Chigurh who is on a relentless quest to hunt down opportunist welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) for a $2 million booty. The film, directed by Ethan and Joel Coen in 2007, takes the audience through nail-biting suspense marked by cold-blooded murders. Don't forget to call when the psychopathic killer flips a coin: it might be your only chance of survival. Then again, maybe not...

No surprises but Javier Bardem walks away with the honours from seasoned actors like Brolin as well as Tommy Lee Jones (Sheriff Ed Tom Bell) and Woody Harrelson (Carson Wells). Yes, they were in it too.

In Eat, Pray, Love (2010), Javier Bardem plays Felipe, the quiet romantic out to woo Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) who is searching for love and light in her life. She finds it in Felipe who mouths something like "Listen, balance, my darling, is not letting anybody love you less than you love 
yourself." Yikes!

Give me Anton Chigurh any day.

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  1. Yeah, he was amazing as that character. One great villain.

  2. Patti & Charles: Bardem is convincing as the zombie-like villain. I can't picture him as the quintessential hero and I think he likes it that way. Frankly, I couldn't help laughing either as Bardem, with that deadpan expression, went about his bone-chilling task.