Review – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, has ample opportunity to fill you with a bevy of emotions. It could delight you, it could unnerve you, it could fill you with sadness or leave you feeling full of joy… but unfortunately my time spent with the film left me mostly feeling bored and full of sighs of tedium. Despite a varied and talented cast, and six individual short stories, there’s a constant flat emptiness to the proceedings of the film, and only in two of the stories did I ever find myself caring about the little tales I was experiencing. There’s certainly much to unpack with this film, so let’s not dilly-dally with the introduction anymore and instead get on with the review. Read more

Review – Hail, Caesar!

Hail Caesar

Hail, Caesar! Written, directed and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, is a film that takes a charming and at times innocent look back at the making of films in 1950’s Hollywood. Fast and enjoyable dialogue controls the scenes, while the Coen’s expert ability to construct and shoot comedy backs it up. However a very basic story strings everything together and by the time the credits roll it all felt a little anti-climactic, and all of it was very much hurt by just how tonally confusing the film is at times. There’s a lot to love in Hail, Caesar but there’s also a lot that left me wanting, when it was all said and done. Read more