Friday, 2 August 2013

Coincidental Parallels - "Hud" and "No Country For Old Men"

On consecutive nights, a first time watch of Hud by myself followed by my son's suggestion to watch No Country For Old Men (first time for him, numerous for me).

"Little by little, the look of the country changes because of the men we admire"

"Once you quit hearing sir and ma'am, the rest is soon to follow."

The contexts are different - Hud wishing for the old ways, while No Country takes a realistic (some would say cynical, but I don't quite see that) view that things change and the world can't stop for you - but there are more than a few similarities between them. The gorgeous, Noirish-Western look and feel along with the sharp and funny Noirish-Western dialogue are the more surface parallels, but one could also make a case that Sheriff Bell and Homer Bannon share a few views while the new, more selfish world view is represented by Llewelyn, Chigurh and Hud.

A great pairing.

1 comment:

Alex Withrow said...

Interesting post. Those two flicks really would make for a great pairing.