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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Those wacky Coens are at it again. And those serious Coens. And those loquacious Coens.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is the perfect Coen Brothers' movie, albeit sliced and diced.
After a darkly hilarious musical number, the Buster story loses steam in its goofy closing moments - but that's OK, it's time to move on to the next chapter!
Taken as a whole, it's smart, snappy filmmaking from the duo who, 30-plus years into their careers, are still revealing new tricks hidden up their sleeves.
You'd think with viewers' short attention spans and love of binge-watching, it would be the perfect format for today. But "Buster Scruggs" is mostly unengaging.
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The Coens excel at many things most notably storytelling and with this six episodic glimpse into the Old West they do so winningly. Death is the common denominator as in life itself. Their dialogue is poetic. The Coens never disappoint. (11-22-18 NF)
There isn't enough talk about the Coen Brothers having a new film on Netflix. It's a Western anthology with six very different chapters, that pretty much cover the Brothers' entire range from funny, even silly to tragic and depressing, with "death" always playing a role one way or another. The film also looks absolutely amazing. For example, there hasn't been such a gorgeous wagon trek for decades. I'd even say it's among the Coen's better films, considering their hit and miss career. Even though it ends with the weakest episode, I never wanted this to end. It's for Westerns what Black Mirror is for Sci-Fi, or should be. Oh and Harry Potter fans will shit bricks when they realize who the other main actor in the episode with Liam Neeson actually is.
You're a actor of note and at a Hollywood function, or a red carpet meet and greet, and you run into one or both of the Coen Brothers ... what do you say? Well eventually, by my estimation of some of the most memorable work in the popular line of late (or by rep alone), you say: "got any parts for me in your next thing?" And here then is the answer, a work that manages to squeeze a lot of celebs into one piece, that's really six pieces. As with any collection of short stories, some are better than others, yes, but all strike different chords of the human condition and all memorably. For my part I was most impressed with Tom Waits and Lucky as gold miners, and the story of young love unfolding on a wagon train journey to Oregon, but you find which story resonates with you best. The underlying theme throughout is the American West seen in new ways.
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