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arsee's avatar


Tom Waits should get all the awards for his role in this movie.
5 years 6 months ago
gukken's avatar


I feel like the Coens really shine in this one. Six vignettes, each showcasing the different talents of Joel and Ethan, and not one of them outstaying their welcome. Great watch
5 years 7 months ago
baraka92's avatar


Feels like “Coen Bros 101”.
It goes from the absurdness of The Big Lebowski to the bleakness of No Country for Old Men.
A great introduction to their world for the uninitiated.
5 years 7 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a great little western anthology film that offers six Coen Brothers-penned stories, with the funniest up front, but heading towards darker fare after that. I love the conceit that we're reading a book of short stories, and seeing its color plates, first page, and last lines really adds to the magic. When will see that image? What does it mean? Oh, nice take on the twist we just saw. And so on. It's a play on adaptation, which the Coens have always been playful about. As for the stories, there's a great variety here, but they do hang well together on account of the Coens' propensity for "best laid plans" stories, and even the most depressing story has black comedy to it. We get stories of gunfighters, outlaws, entertainers, prospectors, homesteaders, and stagecoach passengers. The stories evoke Ford, Leone, and the early singing cowboy films, but I'm pretty sure there's a deep cut homage to Spirit of the Beehive in there. And while some stories are straight comedies or tragedies set in the West, others go the route some of the great westerns have, commenting on the raping of the land, or America's murder of culture, and there's even one in there that treats going West as a drive into Hell. I'm not going to try and rank these tales. I can't seem to play favorites; for all that variety, I see them as a whole, with favorite bits peppered throughout.
5 years 5 months ago
bathkuyp's avatar


Portfolio movie. It is all over the place and some parts are really well done. But sadly the whole isn't more than the sum of its parts.
5 years 6 months ago
heat_'s avatar


Storytelling is strong and may be this is the best performance of Tom Waits in a movie. As a whole package this is pretty good for a TV movie. Thanks Coens, thanks Netflix. The only criticism that I can make is the digital look of the scenes. Too vivid, too vibrant, too digitally altered. That choice may be for providing a contrast element in terms of cinematography however I would prefer a less edited/altered look.
5 years 6 months ago
lachyas's avatar


Could have been improved by losing the Neeson segment entirely. Get it under two hours and tighten things up a bit. As it is it's an uneven and somewhat inconsequential film that feels like the Coens could have made it in their sleep, but it's still very enjoyable.
5 years 6 months ago
MrSoprano89's avatar


cant be top dog forever
5 years 6 months ago
scarleton783's avatar


Blunt yet beautiful portraits of the western fantasy painted with perfect casting. Viewing it ages like wine to deliver the last two stories with splendor.
5 years 7 months ago
Earring72's avatar


Very dissapointing comedy/drama/western. 6 stories. The first one is TERRIFIC, 2 are just ok, 2 mwah and the final is very bad. Movie looks GREAT but overall boring.
5 years 2 months ago
chunkylefunga's avatar


Well that was a weird waste of 2 odd hours.
4 years 8 months ago
Limbesdautomne's avatar


The Coen pays tribute to the pioneers in their own way. Funny and moving.

Read more in French on La Saveur des goûts amers.
4 years 8 months ago
Adrian B AWESOME's avatar


5 great stories and then they end on the worst one. Other than that, solid entry into the filmography.
5 years 4 months ago
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