thatcow

Simply Foreshadowing

It's hard for me not to think of a Coen Brothers' film as anything other than a comedy, but this first film of theirs must have struck theatregoers as something else, most likely a twisted little tale of infidelity and murder. We get glimmers of what we've seen later on from the Coens, but this is, altogether, quite a different movie.

Right out of the gate, we have imaginative use of light, and some interesting framing. Even better is the use of space between dialog and actions for defining the individual moments of the film, all guided by excellent acting all the way around. For a first film, these guys really lucked out on casting with Dan Hedaya and M. Emmett Walsh, along with Frances McDormand's first film appearance. The plot is a twisty accidental journey which would stand up to a lot more scrutiny than most others in this genre.

In the end, the film has to stand on its own, despite anybody's interest in the subsequent careers of the particulars. And in fact it does, though with the ever increasing trend toward the hip, self-aware crime film in recent years, it's harder to differentiate this one from more recent fare such as the dreadful Love and a .45.

I still think this is a comedy, if a fairly bleak one, but so is Fargo which feels just about as bleak, but with the intensity turned up a notch or two. You may not laugh out loud, but there's some great wry insights on the human condition that will have your brain silently twitching in glee.

Was this review helpful to you?

Full profile for Blood Simple
Review: Gritty and Great star8/10 mastadonfarm

Latest Articles
login to submit an article
SongCatcher
A Film Review
2006-03-10 06:51:39... CheriLacy

The Lazy Moviewatcher's Top... Something of 2004
Despite being busy watching all of 2003's movies at home, this reviewer did actually hit the theater a few times this year
2004-12-30 22:39:13... andrew

2003 Awards Tracker
So many awards, so much recognition - it's amazing how these people don't develop an ego
2004-01-29 21:45:11... andrew

How to set up a cheap home theatre
Constant upgrades and a host of revolving standards make the home theatre market hard to decide when to jump in.
2003-05-27 17:52:42... mastadonfarm


Popular Reviews
submit a review here

Latest Reviews
submit a review here