Saturday, October 17, 2009
im a serious man.Coen Brothers
ooooh yes. the coen bros are back after winning four freaking oscars in 2007 for no country for old men. and i guess its easy to say that after you win an oscar, you basically have the freedom to do anything they please! so here comes a new coen classic that is a more personal and mature work that has never been seen from them.
and at first, i didnt really like it. and usually, the things i dont like at first, i end up loving. like park chan-wook's thirst. i think its this preconceived notion i have of a certain director that i expect the same kind of style from them every time. but how would they advance if they keep doing that? they dont. and where do you go after perfecting a film and winning an oscar? ha, i guess in the coen bros' case, the only answer is up.
larry gobnik's life is spiraling out of control and slooooowly unraveling itself for the worst. after numerous incidents that will kill any normal person, gobnik seems to be holding himself with god knows what. the setting is in the mid-west where the coen bros grew up. and they paint a portrait of their jewish background in this 1967's remote town.
i dont know what to say except i havent seen a more jewish film in my life. the set design and costumes were magnificent. cinematography was exceptional. the actors were more than appropriately picked for their role. i cant imagine anyone playing gobnik's pathetic character besides michael stuhlbarg.
the coen bros let me down a little bit only because of my preconceived notions. but all in all, it was a hilarious and beautifully photographed picture. B