Film noir in glorious black and white done with perfection by the Coens. Especially Billy Bob Thornton's face and voice-over was born for this type of movie and as always the Coens have rich use of interesting faces and character details. While the ending itself is not that all surprising nor is it's twists it is the journey that is worth it's time. An excellent homage.
Melding a 40s noir stylisation with 50s atomic-age paranoia, the film is not just the most imaginative of the Coen's nihilistic investigations into the theme of accountability, but a subjective character study about a man seemingly content to drift through his own existence. Like A Serious Man, apathy is presented as a kind of hidden bliss; their characters only smited when they attempt to control their own destiny.
sebuah rencana yang berubah menjadi chaos sepertinya menjadi plot cerita kesukaan Coen Brothers seperti The Big Lebowski, Fargo, dan film ini, The Man Who Wasn't There. Tidak ada penyesalan dalam diri Ed Crane. Ed Crane adalah seorang eksistensialis. Semua hal yang dihadapinya diterima secara afirmatif. Bukan sikap fatalistik, namun Ed Crane berkata YA kepada kehidupan. Ia menerima takdir hidupnya dengan lapang dada
This is an interesting character study about a man, who is a sort of spectator. From the distance, he's watching his very own life, in a way, as if he has nothing to do with it, without any personal concern. BBT is splendidly visualizing a man who is emotionless & invisible. A typical Coen movie, nicely shot, with attention to every detail, about the curiosities, absurdities, pecuilarities & uniqueness of life.
Like other Coen Brothers movie as usual, this movie contained unique characters, strange humor, and some twists and turns. I think they were very ambitious to make a crazy-plot movie. Unfortunately, it made this movie lacks of focus. Still, it's a good movie...
"Literary" in that there are a lot of words and the words don't explain the images as much as interact with them, but also really funny. Performances are top notch. "Have you ever thought about how hair grows? It's a part of us, but then we just cut it off, and throw it away. I'm going to mix this hair in with the dirt." Also, perfect title.
Existential narratives by their nature leave something lacking - what more can be said about the state of existence than that? This is a polished addition to those narratives, with a series of events conspiring to influence a man who'd sooner be forgotten by history. It's a gorgeous if hollow experience, typically disengaged from the world around it.