Sunday, 3 January 2010

A Serious Man

Director: The Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan Coen)
Starring: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed and Sari Lennick

I've been long awaiting this film; it's not often that a director, or in this case the directors, are so consistent at making amazing films. And A Serious Man flouts no preconceptions of the siblings' work. The film is darkly hilarious, wonderfully awkward and the protagonist's frustrations and despairs translate seamlessly into the viewer's reality. The film is characteristic of the Brothers' work; strangely pleasing and wholly random, but with social and cultural commentary in it's veins. If you liked Barton Fink and Raising Arizona, it is closer in style to these than more light-hearted films like Burn After Reading and O Brother Where Art Thou. Whatever your preferences, even if the names Joel and Ethan Coen are fresh to your poor, incomplete ears, watch this film, fork out the cinema fees. It's another Coen Masterpiece.

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