My Ranking of the Cast of No Country for Old Men
1. Kelly Macdonald - her role of Carla Jean Moss, is written in a way that makes her kind of a "hard to believe" character. Perhaps in the book, her relationship with husband Llewelyn Moss makes more sense, but the way Macdonald plays Carla Jean, you role with it, because it just seems natural. Even though she born on the other side of the pond, she does a great job playing the naive and trusting Texas woman.
2. Tommy Lee Jones - As a supporting character, he really is the "lead" as a narrator and focus of the film. Focusing the film on Bardem & Brolin's character only makes the conclusion more frustrating. But if seen from the perspective of Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, the film is more enjoyable. I can't imagine this role performed any better than what we see in Jones' acting. His pacing, and line delivery is pitch perfect.
3. Javiar Bardem - It's not just delivery of lines that makes him impressive, it's his on screen presence when he's saying nothing at all that makes Anton Chigurh, the psycho that he is really give you the creeps. Bardem's gas station scene is an instant classic scene that reminded me of Scream's opening scene with Drew Berrymore.
4. Josh Brolin - Brolin has certainly appeared on my radar after this performance. I'll be interested to see where his career goes from his many performances of 2007. Brolin's Llewelyn Moss is certainly a brave, but stupid man. Brolin's performance though doesn't make you see Llewelyn as a complete idiot, instead he portrays a unique internal drive.
5. Garret Dillahunt - As Deputy Wendell, he does a good job of being someone for Sheriff Ed Tom Bell to talk too. Nothing too impressive, but it's not a flashy part.
6. Tess Harper - Nothing too flashy in Loretta Bell's role...but since she was included alongside the others as part of the SAG nominated cast, I thought I'd include her too.
7. Woody Harrelson - What Dillahunt's character lacked in flashiness, Harrelson's character (Carson Wells) had. Where Macdonald, Brolin & Bardem take ridiculous characters and make them believable, Harrelson simply doesn't quiet find his place in the texture of the film.
Is No Country For Old Men on your list of top 100 movies? Think it could be one of the next great classic movies of our time? If you haven't seen it yet maybe you should go rent some dvd movies to catch up.