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Worst thing I've seen, lately. Filled with really great actors and an interesting beginning that degenerates into weirdness and ends with no explanation. People who say they like this are afraid to say they hate it.
Good performances pepper this work about ... well, what is it about? The naivete of youthful idealism? The plasticity of Hollywood maybe? Or maybe the latent savagery of the world at large? Any who, it's all thrown into the pot here and stirred to a frothy burn. The Coens seem to have mastered the fine old world skill of speaking at length very intelligently while never in fact saying a blessed thing. Never uninteresting and fascinating to observe. .. for a bit.
Perhaps I need to see it again to appreciate. Good acting, great sound, nice camera work. Unfortunately I was incredibly bored with the surface story. I spent most of the viewing attempting to decipher the themes and allegory but could not really come up with anything meaningful or concrete.
I wonder if the Coen brothers are criticizing themselves at all with this one. If not, I hope they rematch it sometime soon and think it over. With each passing movie they make, Barton Fink gets lost in the shuffle but for me, it's one of their best. It balances their usual comedic and dramatic quirks in a lovely tension that feels like the dance that great cinema can be. Capped off spectacularly. (See what I did there? Sorry).
It's good, but a large portion of it (1st half) is a bit dull. Acting is very solid all around and the Coen brothers have some great direction for what would have been a complete disaster in the hands of anyone else. John Goodman plays one of the more interesting villains I've seen in a while. He's disturbed in a way that is never quite explained. Overall a good film, but the Coen brothers do have better films.