Not just black, but a multi coloured comedy. Pure Coens' freakish, over the top, off balanced and in your face humour that never fails to entertain, despite it does not attain the hilarity of their best works.
The casting couldn't be better; Pitt, Clooney, Malkovich, Richard Jenkins, JK Simmons and Frances McDormand all come up with charismatic performances.
It's witty, fun, absurd, violent. Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand are both hilarious, However I do think that this is not as good as "Fargo", the Coen's more successful black comedy, because there's no one in the movie with whom you can actually relate or root for, since they're all pretty much a bunch of crazy people. It's a nice movie, fun to watch, but not memorable.
A huge letdown when I saw it upon its release. It's still not very funny, and unlike other Coen brothers there is nothing else in the film to prop it up. It has a few moments, but not much beyond that.
This is one of the most purely pleasurable films the Coen Brothers have ever done. It's a darkly comedic farce that gets funnier and funnier as it progresses, as well as showcasing the careful screenwriting skills of the Coens. The cast is all-around fantastic and hilarious, with Pitt and Jenkins being particular stand-outs. It may not be as deeply layered as other Coens films, but it is a lot of fun.