See, I think most of the time, the Coen's are trying to be funny. Even if it's really darkly ironic, it's supposed to elicit humor. Examples - the Native American man who wasn't allowed to say a word after the two white man were allowed to pontificate pure bullsh*t, Bridges having the girl almost break her neck to cut down a guy, only to him blandly say "I do not know this man", Bridges ridiculous recantation of the shooting of those men in court. You either find it funny or you don't. Some people think I'm nuts for declaring No Country For Old Men one of the funniest movies of 2007, considering how dark and tense it is. But I did, still do.