I am a huge fan of anything Coen Brothers, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. I have yet to see all of their work, but it something I have been working on for a while. And this was their first film. I was amazed with it from start to finish and I can easily see why they are still around to this day.
To start off there is several points in the film where the music drives the scene. And not like it goes along with it, it’s such a creepily airy tone to the music that it starts to make your heart pound, even after being over 25 years old. It really gives an amazing feel to the movie.
The other thing that stood out to me was the incredible attention to detail. It was uncanny. They were so into detail that in one scene, one of the actors had fly on his face, and during the many cuts on his face and someone else’s, there was still a fly there. And that’s just the icing on the cake. If you are not watching this movie with incredible attention to the small details there might actually be a few things that you overlook. But the main ones are usually explained shortly after.
Now watching an older movie you tend to see quite a few actors that have made it big since then, and Frances McDormand is one of those actors. This was actually her first film as well but it sent her off to an incredible career.
I really have never been into a film this much in a long time. The intro was a little slow, but the last half of the movie more than made up for the slow start. From pretty much the half-way point on I was completely enthralled in the film.
All in all this is a pretty damn good film. It’s not for everyone, but if you do watch it I suggest you get to the half-way point before you think about turning it off.
Base Score = 8
+1 for an amazing story
-2 for a really slow beginning
+1 for music that really set the mood