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.
The Coen's timing is off in this strenuous comedy. The scale is too large. The gags are too forced and the performances, always excepting Charles Durning, are synthetic. Jennifer Jason Leigh is bizarrely unfunny. She tries hard to be an amalgam of Jean Arthur and Barbara Stanwyck with little success. And yet, you can still see their love of the genre and their talent comes through in spurts.
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!
this film is surely a gazelle/antelope or an ibex...stylized and funny. the script has a great structure built around circles...dialogues and scenes are repeated but wd diffrnt meaning each time giving it a circular narrative. coen bros certainly have an ear for dialogue...must see for any cinephile