The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
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For me, this is the Coen Brothers most hilarious work -- and maybe also their best.
The Coen Brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy is, among other things, a spoof of the rags-to-riches story, melding the sensibilities of Kafka, Capra, and pulp noir. At its best, this is one of those great satires of bureaucracy and corporate brutality, like Brazil and Joe Versus the Volcano, Tim Robbins' naive business graduate getting promoted beyond his station for nefarious purposes, even if divine irony lurks to make the perpetrators regret it. The Coen film this has the most in common with is Barton Fink, but it is in some ways its opposite, and thus possibly the post uplifting and positive of all Coen films. That, more than any strange twist at the end - which is something common to many of the brothers' films - is what fans might find jarring. I'd rather believe it's a spot of welcome sweetness in world of strange and cynical characters. Jennifer Jason Leigh is a lot of fun as fast-talkin' Lois Lane too.
I always thought this was a Terry Gilliam movie, but then I watched it and it's definitely Coen! It's not a brilliant movie, but it's fun and it's got heart. I love the visual style.
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This movie ranks #441 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #450 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey