Why this film is so beloved is beyond me. The Coens have made some incredible films over the years but for me this is not one of them. Scattershot scripting, under written characters and visually interesting sequences that go nowhere seem to work against the film. Mind you the soundtrack is quite monumental.
A surprisingly beguiling riff on everything and nothing. There’s a certain dopey wit behind the meandering rolls of autistic logic and gadfly-like use of recurring leitmotifs (ethnicity, conceptual art, etc.) The cliche of the innocent’s (of sorts) bewildered view on the world works well - Bridges most effective - to offset the general nihilism of the piece. Can a film itself be the MacGuffin, though?