The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Reveals the essence of marital love more brutally than many confrontational melodramas.
A film of such wit and comic invention that it belongs among the great American comedies.
One of the funniest movies of our unfunny age.
A New Leaf is a special film from a special filmmaker.
I watched this movie on a flight back from San Francisco and was laughing so hard that I'm pretty sure my surly teenage seatmate wanted to kill me.
Matthau and May are the main reason to watch this film, as they make the most of every scene with nuanced mannerisms and reactions. Compared to today's comedies, this one feels less contrived and more leisurely paced.
Henry's attempted seduction of Henrietta is a masterpiece of slow-burn hilarity - just wait till you hear the way Matthau rolls his tongue around the horrors of 'Mogen David's extra heavy Malaga wine... with lime juice'.
A screwball-oddball comedy that deserves far more attention than it gets...
It's great fun to watch Walter Matthau play against type as a spoilt trust fund kid, but it's the versatile and inventive May that he (and the audience) fall for.
Elaine May's directorial debut, a beautifully refined exposition of screwball comedy's brackish side
May's brand of humor is beyond deadpan, and you may find yourself laughing long after the fact, even if you're not laughing in the moment.
Very funny in patches.
The ending is a bit hard to buy (which is a flaw that should be attributed to the producer who re-cut the film against Elaine May's wishes), but still this is a refreshing and extremely funny comedy that benefits from an excellent script and Matthau's hilarious performance.
Its a shame we never have and probably never will see May's original three hour cut because as wonderfully weird and funny as the current version is, the film's energy does fizzle out towards the end. Perhaps with the darker subplots restored this could change, but since that is unlikely I'll take the sweet, oddball romantic comedy we got instead.
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