In a recreation of the world of screwball comedy, an ambitious young mailroom clerk is thrust into the world of presidency for the Hudsucker Corporation. Unaware that he is part of the nefarious plan of the corrupt board of executives.
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A variable attempt at satire which delights in its self-imposed endearing naivety to underplay a vaguely socialist critique of the corporate metropolitan milieu. At times brilliant if not consistently so.
I don't know why this movie gets the bad rap it does. Sure not all the jokes worked and some parts were just plain weird but it was definitely very sweet and very entertaining. Also Tim Robbins was extremely charming and fun as the lead.
Also if not for anything else, watch this film for Steve Buscemi as a beatnik bartender.
This is one of those movies I can watch again and again! Love the screwball humor, complete with vintage hyper-talk that's almost a musical art-form! It looks absolutely amazing. I'd love to see a Golden Age Superman movie done by the Coen Brothers!!! All the fixin's for it can be seen in this movie. Jennifer Jason Leigh astounds as the fast-talking Hawks-ian dame-reporter. I'll admit to a serious crush!
I only finished watching it now. I don't understand why critics called this film cold; because this film is anything but. It has a very warm heart and characters you want to root for all the way; a rarity in 85% of the Coens' output. I think what really did this film in was the year it came out. Considering what was out, this was not what people wanted to see when things like Pulp Fiction were out. Unfairly maligned.
The only Coen movie which is cinematographed by Roger Deakins and I dislike. The story and the ending was way too Hollywood for Coen style. Mostly their good choices for casting is a Coen stamp for me but not in this one.
Just revisited this nursing a hangover and while I wasn't a fan first time around, this viewing had me positively giddy with excitement. May be now the funniest Coen film for me because it masters a perfect synthesis of their oddball casting and unrivalled visual humour. I could make a montage merely of mannerisms I loved in this film. Utterly unique pastiche that works for its singular strange vision.