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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

[6.25/10] A Serious Man (2009)

A Serious Man (2009)

The Coen Brothers don't do bad movies, in the sense that they are great at directing, casting the right people, using original dialogs and believable characters and generally fulfilling every need that most Hollywood flicks are not, because those are centered around entertainment rather than sophistication. "A Serious Man" is no exception to that rule. That being sad, I would have really liked to see more entertainment in this one. The plot is, for lack of a better word, boring. There were a few funny moments, but nothing really hilarious, and black comedy is the only genre this movie seems to fit. The central character was a neurotic, cerebral, awkward, middle aged Jewish man, played by the sympathetic Michael Stuhlbarg. Add to this the fact that he was possibly the most passive character in cinematic history - he literally made no decisions in the entire movie until the final scene. Instead he was drawn from one catastrophe to another, on the basis that he was a good, upstanding man surrounded by stronger people. Visually, "A Serious Man" is beautiful. There are so many perfectly framed scenes that even when the story seems to drag it keeps you captivated. The 60's period is presented authentically! All in all, "A Serious Man" is a decent watch, if you stick it through.

  • My Rating: 4.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 22% (4.0/10)
  • IMDb: 5.3/10

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