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January 26, 2010

A Serious Man

This is a tough one. At first thought, I pretty much don’t recommend this movie. It’s really slow and pretty boring, but at it’s core it’s kind of interesting. Initially, I hated the ending, it felt like it just ended, but after looking at a couple of articles about the movie, I now understand the ending, and I like it. It somewhat redeems the movie. On a more positive note, Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays the main character, is excellent. I’ve never seen him in anything before, but I really like him and think we’ll be seeing more of him in the future. There were also a handful of quite funny moments that made the viewing easier. Like I said, this is a tough one. Kind of a love/hate thing. Sheena says my rating system makes no sense and asked me if I’d ever watch this movie again. I doubt I ever will, but I’m glad I saw it and, now that I “get it” a little more, I like it a little better. It’s still pretty boring, though.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2010 10:47 pm

    A friend of mine came up with a two-step rating system for movies:
    1. I expected this movie to be a (1 to 5) for a (genre)
    2. And my final rating is a (1 to 5)

    I like that because I don’t sit down to watch an action flick with the same expectations as I do for a drama. Of course, I don’t know what you’d do for a Coen brothers film, since that could be any kind of genre.

  2. January 26, 2010 11:19 pm

    i think i just love fargo and lebowski and raising arizona and o brother so much that i want them all to be like that… all of their latest films have really let me down. i think you should check out this film, though, dave. one thing i read describes it as a loose telling of the book of job. i can see that.

  3. January 26, 2010 11:19 pm

    and i like that expected/final rating system. i might have to adopt that.

  4. Reid permalink
    January 27, 2010 7:29 am

    I’m pretty sure I’m not a Coen brothers fan. I love Raising Arizona and like O Brother (although I mainly just like Clooney). I didn’t even like Fargo or Big Lebowski that much. And the rest are just crap. I mean have you seen The Ladykillers or The Man Who Wasn’t There? Just awful. I just think they are highly overrated and it’s annoying that everything they do is treated as cinema gold. Just my opinion of course.

  5. January 27, 2010 8:44 am

    i guess i just have to sound cool and say i like their early stuff. i haven’t seen the ladykillers, but i heard it was so awful that i just avoided it. and i did see the man who wasn’t there (i think we might have see it together?), and thought it was terrible, too. i do like most of their older stuff. all, really. miller crossing, barton fink, and i LOVE the hudsucker proxy. i guess i just haven’t liked anything since o brother. burn after reading was super terrible.

  6. January 27, 2010 8:46 am

    i just looked on IMDB and that’s literally how it is with me…
    i liked EVERY movie they did up until O Brother.
    and I haven’t really liked anything since.
    the weird thing is, i really love the ones i love.
    probably some of my favorite movies ever.


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