A beautiful piece of workmanship, with craft that jumps at you in every scene. It’s essentially a silent film with bits and pieces of the brothers’ trademark dialogue sprinkled throughout. Their ability to use the camera to tell the story, complementing their outstanding writing, is noteworthy. Anchored by memorable performances and a superb Carter Burwell score, BS is a prime example of high-end film architecture.
While the characterisation is weak and the credibility of the plot questionable it provides enough cleverness, wit and style, with mostly solid dialogue and good acting to be properly enjoyable on the rewatch. I think I enjoyed it even more than the first time (having had a long interval). Wondered how I didn't pick the tipping of their hats to Blade Runner on first viewing? The scenes seemed so obvious this time.
This is surely one of the best films to watch when you want to enjoy the craft of filmmaking. No shot is displaced in this highly efficient choice of coverage and the whole plot unfolds fully in the viewers head through this stunning use of montage. Sound design, light and a seemingly endless pool of ideas culminate in this masterpiece of irony. Pure suspense!
Potentially the perfect Hollywood debut. The Coen Brothers use their limited budget and create so much more: three main locations and some exteriors are utilised ingeniously to great effect. Great performances and a sickeningly believable descent into unintended murder through misunderstanding. Also some fantastic shots, especially during the climax's use of light. Feels like a blueprint for much of their later work.
Tight, taught debut from the Coens. The importance of a solid, well realised script is illustrated by the fact that the action, contained within the claustrophobic confines of seedy small town locations, actually becomes an accessory to the story itself. The plot's strength is what drives the whole film along, no mean feat given the many twists, turns and double crosses throughout. Super tense. Has aged well.
A simple premise done far better hundreds of time by others. Surprised the incredible Coen brothers got out of bed for this. Lucky for me Fargo was my first exposure to their genius but I see none of it here. I'd like to be charitable and say little, but...
The feature debut from the Coen brothers already has a lot of the signature style that makes them so beloved by cinema fans. The cracking cast all relish their roles, and the script, and this is a brilliantly entertaining neo-noir that gives numerous nods to classics of the past.
Déjà le style Cohen inimitable imprégnait ce Texas affolant et absurde. C'est édifiant de voir que leur logique cinématographique n'a pas évolué d'un pouce: fidèles à eux-mêmes, les Cohen continuent à démontrer l'existence humaine comme une table de Poker, où chaque pion misé subit un destin calculé et pourtant aléatoire. Mais ce n'est qu'un jeu, dont nous ne connaissons pas les joueurs.