This is classic Coen, great dialogue, great visuals. Just that little bit of quirkiness and black humour galore. Some of the stories are quite deep in meaning, others are just fun. Fantastic cast of characters. Bordering Wes Anderson in production value. The only thing missing is Francis McDormand.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs swerves from goofy to ghastly so deftly and so often that you can’t always tell which is which.
The Coens take another crazy concept and make it work with a series of stories that will amuse, shock, and even bring tears to your eyes.
Vignettes weaving together the stories of six individuals in the old West at the end of the Civil War. Following the tales of a sharp-shooting songster, a wannabe bank robber, two weary traveling performers, a lone gold prospector, a woman traveling the West to an uncertain future, and a motley crew of strangers undertaking a carriage ride.
It’s a Coen Brothers movie, and all the elements you’d want are are there: snappy and idiosyncratic dialogue, quirky and memorable characters, uncompromising (and surprising) violence, perfectly framed shots, excellent performances, excellent score, and a nihilistic thread that stitches the entire thing together.
USA 2018, 133 min, rated M (violence & offensive language)
Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
Starring Tim Blake Nelson, Tom Waits, Tyne Daly, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Brendan Gleeson, Saul Rubinek & Clancy Brown