NCFOM - Ending "Explained" (2 replies and 2 comments)
To Roger and all forum members,
For anyone who is unsure of the ending or the symbolism of NCFOM I would reccomend this video essay, very interesting stuff.
Roger, do you feel that this analysis is more or less accurate?
Thank you for your time.
I would read the book if I were you.Yes, I think that analysis is pretty good. The world moves on and the 'old men' are left with dreams of what 'was' but they are only dreams. It's probably true of everyone.
I will certainly check out the book. I dont know what it is about this movie, it just gives me a feeling when I'm watching it that I havent experienced from any other movie. It could be the tone, the lack of music, the performances, the camera work, or it could be Javier bardems performance alone that sold me, I couldn't say. Nevertheless its the greatest movie I've ever seen.
Did you read the book before shooting or even during the shoot ?
The movie begins with the sheriff's voice-over (monologue) while showing several landscape shots.
Is he talking to the audience, or his wife in the same conversation of the final scene?
I guess that opening could be interpreted as the Sheriff talking to his wife or it could be the author talking to his reader. It is from the book.
I read the book when it was published as I was already a reader of McCarthy's other works. Joel and Ethan were hired to write a script from the novel but, at the time, they didn't necessarily feel they were going to direct it. I might have been some influence on their doing so I don't know.