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Outstanding. This is the Coen brothers at their absolute best. Not a word of the screenplay is irrelevant. Everything is connected. Kind of what this movie is about really; ie. the bigger picture, and... Read more how hard it can be to see it all at once in life. I found it a riveting and inspiring watch ... something which non-Coen bros fans might not appreciate.
Sure, this is a very well-crafted film, but it is neither satisfying nor uplifting. A tale of one tragedy after another. And don't expect a laugh out of this film. Unless you're Jewish - I think most... Read more of the humour may have been "inside" jokes that may be appreciated if you grew up in the faith. I dunno - maybe we expected too much, just because it was a Cohen Bros film?
Great film. Is it the story of Job retold in suburban Minnesota in the late 1960's? Who cares. It is the first time the Coen brothers have done something truly original since Oh Brother and it is a... Read more relief. A true return to form. Once again the look of the film is stunning with the period detail amazing. The writing is sharp, quirky and surreal bringing back fond memories of earlier Coen films such as Barton Fink. I also found the meticulous portrayal of Jewish life and religion which is something you don't see much of. Rent now.
The Coen brothers at their most esoteric and Jewish and it helps if you know something about Jewish culture. Very interesting and you need to watch this movie closely and listen carefully. The opening... Read more story had me beat as to it's relevance, but in an interview the Coens told the interviewer it wasn't relevant to the main story, but they liked the tale and just put it in because of that!
A wonderful quirky movie, dark comedy, thought-provoking, ambiguous enough to allow multiple interpretations. Refreshing to see something different from standard movie offerings nowadays.
If you like intelligent quirky comedy then you will enjoy this movie...it was a lot of fun....great soundtrack too..
I obviously have missed something in this movie that others liked about it. Thought it was utterly boring - can't fathom how this could be listed as a comedy.
I don't know anything about the Coen brothers, so that aspect sailed over my head. I don't know quite how to rate this movie. Perhaps, like Schroedinger's Cat it is neither alive or dead. It is a clever... Read more movie and not being Jewish some of the subtleties of the dialogue escaped me. However, I know some physics, so saw how (in part) this movie addresses a Jewish physics professor's wrestle with the profound mystery of the quantum realm (probabilistic), his everyday life, and his faith in his Jewish god. Also, the subtleties of the story of Job and his trials probably escaped me. But the disintegration of Larry's life seems to be testing his faith in his physics and/or his god. The rabbi's seemed particularly useless to Larry (as useless as the Irish "fathers" of my childhood). It seems that in the end, he does open Schroedinger's box and the cat is alive and all is well (But no more as it would be a spoiler).
Stunning, a fabulous movie - the best of the Coen output yet!
I expected too much from a Coen brothers film. I just don't get this one. It was boring and I just wanted to shake everyone. I couldn't even raise a smile on this one.