What does Change look like? What does it feel like? How does it sound? Is it a person, a place, a way of life.
Maybe Change is all of these things and more.
When did Texas really Change? It’s always changing. But what about the 80s? The country was changing. Texas has always been slower to change than the rest of the country. At least the parts of Texas that really matter: the fringes, the outposts, the small Texas towns that only other Texans know about. They don’t experience change very often.
But the 20th century happened. And it was going to reach as far as west Texas.
Change is violent. It always has been and always will be. Plants and animals die, stars explode in terribly violent bursts of energy, galaxies collide.
Change is not for the weary.
Or for the Old.
We cannot escape this certain death of our Selves. Our culture cannot escape the death of Change.
Change carries an oxygen tank because Change gives life. We breath the miniscule differences. Inhale and exhale with each breath things are now slightly different.
And while you relax in your comfort zone Change decides to split your skull open.
We cannot escape the violent death of an old way in order to make a path for the new.
My only question is: Why did they leave Josh Brolin’s death scene out of this film? We can infer as to what happened to him from previous scenes, but we are robbed of the power of a powerful man being taken down by his own self assurances.
Change didn’t get him but the Mexicans did.
Texas is a different place these days. We’ve lost what we valued most: our values.
Change leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
And a hole in the back of the head.
4 stars, maybe 5 if anyone could ever convince me that Josh Brolin’s death scene was not needed.