Two master filmmakers working at the height of their skills, fronting a cast who perfectly nails each of their roles. What more could you want?
Should I see it?
Yes (with cautions)
Writers/Directors: Ethan and Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald and Woody Harrelson
Rated R for strong graphic violence and language
The Coen Brothers are two of the best filmmakers of their generation. Each of their films is a unique experience, and even the duds (The Ladykillers, Intolerable Cruelty, The Hudsucker Proxy) still have moments and characters to recommend seeing them at least once. When one of their better works hit, it often far exceeds anything being made by their contemporaries. Regarding their better works, it is usually when they are dealing with simple people coping with a problem that often revolves around a crime (Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?). It is with these ordinary folk that the Coen’s are comfortable, and are free to fully explore their cinematic voices. They are also able to utilize these common men and women to expound on greater themes of morality, identity and modern masculinity.