Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Serious Man

Perhaps, 2009 could have been deemed "men on the verge of a nervous breakdown." Both, A Single Man and A Serious Man deal with men on the verge during the 1960s. Both are very strong films. Of the two, I prefer A Single Man. But, this review is for A Serious Man.

The Coen Brothers have created their equivalent of a "normal" film. The movie isn't their typical screwball noir story. In fact, neither are at play in this film. This time they are going for dark comedy. Very, very dark comedy.

The film is beautifully shot and acted. The story keeps along at a very quick pace. Introducing new ideas, plots, characters on a fairly regualr basis. But, after awhile, one grows tired of this series of unfortunate events. At some point you just have to say enough is enough.


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