The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Critic Consensus: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs avoids anthology pitfalls with a consistent collection tied together by the Coen brothers' signature blend of dark drama and black humor.
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It's a good movie - better than good - and if you like the Coen Brothers, you should enjoy it, and if you don't like the Coen Brothers, why don't you? You really should like the Coen Brothers.
As the Coens remind us, with their usual impish wit and impeccable craft, there's still a lot of pleasure to be mined from those conventions. But there are lessons to be learned, too.
Strikes me as mid-to-upper range Coen fare... [Includes] their extraordinary jeweler's-eye attention to detail, their gift for concocting dialogue in plummy 19th-century vernacular, their lyrical embrace of wide-open landscapes, and their woeful nihilism.
This is the sort of film that traditionally marks the start of an artist's "late phase" - one in which old motifs are brought back in different keys and tested, and in which the bounds of realism are loosened. For the Coens, it's a thrilling new frontier.
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