A film so sweaty that you can almost smell the B.O. The Coens' exceptional neo-noir is not without the brothers' trademark dark humour as it relentlessly and brutally approaches its climax. Exceptional turns from Frances McDormand and the great M. Emmet Walsh and the horrifying burial scene are just some of the most memorable parts of this sensational debut.
Really great crime thriller, and a brilliant first film. With a tight script full of unexpected plot twists and their signature deadpan humor, BLOOD SIMPLE shows that the Coen brothers have had their knack for sharp storytelling and intriguing characters since the beginning. I think this is one of their best films out of their current filmography.
I was finally able to add this film to my collection. I think it was one of the only Coen Brothers' movies I didn't have. Fortunately for me, unfortunately for them, Blockbuster is closing down two locations near my house. I have been going to each one every few days and I'm finding great deals and even mis-marked blu-rays for $4.99. Anyway...Blood Simple for $1.99 was hard to pass up.
The Coen Brothers debut is easily their masterpiece. They never quite reached the mystery or coolness of this film in all of the rest of their careers, although they did come close with the gangster drama Miller's Crossing and the crime drama The Man Who Wasn't There. This is easily their darkest, wittiest and cleverest film. Their dark witty twist filled scripts are at their best when involved in crime thrillers.