Tuesday, 24 November 2009

[270] A Serious Man (dirs. Joel & Ethan Coen, 2009) Review

More words from me spilled about a film I enjoyed. This time, the new effort from the Coen Brothers.

Initially, I thought it seemed like lazy promotional shorthand that A Serious Man, the new film from the Coen Brothers, had been referred to as their 'Jewish film'. However, after watching it, there are few better descriptions that come to mind, as the brothers conjure up another dark, quirky comedy that manages to be both character-driven and oddly metaphorical. A film that is just as much about the Jewish-American experience, as it is about faith, religion and ideology in the face of the bleakness of modern life.

It is all-encompassing in its Jewishness (there are four credited as 'language and liturgy' advisers, and two 'Yiddish translators'), yet still proves to be as humorous, daring and barmy as their best work, with its closest siblings, no doubt, being The Big Lebowski or Barton Fink.

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