With the inspiration they got from the B-list and noir films and the sense of humor came from detective novels by Chandler, Hammett and Cain, Coen Brothers created a darky but neon lighted world with a black comedy soul in it. Frances McDormand has a positive influence in every Coen film she involved. Unpredictable script not easy to find out what will happen next for the spectators. Masterpiece.
A terrific debut! No wonder those brothers work stunning these days. In love with touch of the details, camera works, and especially the storyline: they give us a clue, but none of them are predictable. Only lack of a thing and it's from me: I'm not into their touch of typical western (leather shoe, engraved magnum, cowboy hat and stripper bar)
You can definitely see how this film paved the way for the Coen's charismatic body of work. It's an enjoyable thriller, not particularly groundbreaking in any way, but an assertive tale of betrayal, deceiving and violence. Some parts were not so easy no grasp in order to fully understand what was going on.
'Blood Simple' is the prophecy of the Cohen brothers, if you will- this film set the tone of nearly every film of their career to come since its release. It's a slow burning spiral of miscommunication littered with dark, witty banter, betrayal, desperation, and of course, murder, that will have you on the edge of your seat second guessing anything you think you may know about the multiple twists and turns...↓
2.5. I did quite like this but I felt the characters were fairly weak in comparison to other Coen Bros films I have seen. It was very well directed, they have a way of stretching events out to create tension that I really like but overall I was lukewarm towards this.