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Unless you are a Coen's fan really don't bother,
This review is from: A Serious Man [DVD] (DVD)
I had high hopes for this film given the hype on the DVD box but was seriously disappointed. As others have commented it is hard to see how anyone could call this "Brilliantly funny" - it is not a comedy. Certain scenes have a quirky charm and may bring the odd half smile, but hysterical laughter is not on the cards. It is a frustrating film in that you are waiting for the main character to do something but yet he continues to be pretty much ineffectual and unlikeable throughout the film. I also kept expecting interactions with others e.g. Brother, Neighbours to lead somewhere, maybe exploring those characters in more dept, but again they don't. The ending is abrupt and unexpected as if they just got bored continuing with it, and I was left wondering what had been the point. Certainly a wasted evening's viewing.
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Initial post: 14 Dec 2010 13:30:55 GMT
Anthony Costine says:
You are missing the point of the movie completely. The ending, like all aspects of this great film, is meticulously crafted, perfectly timed, brilliantly written, and designed to leave the viewer feeling uneasy and troubled. It is not a comedy, although there is plenty of adult, black humour. It is a retelling of the Book of Job transferred to an American Jewish community in 1969. The Jewish references are based on the Coen brother's own childhood memories. The entire film is a brilliant exposition of human guilt, frailty, and the randomness of fate.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2010 21:37:15 GMT
Thanks for your comment. Yes, I suspect I did miss the point. I do not know the Book of Job, much about the American Jewish community in 1969 or the Coen brother's background - if I did perhaps I would appreciate it more but I don't and didn't. I think we are in agreement that this is not a comedy - and as I was expecting a comedy this definitely had a negative ffect on my view of the film. You mention that the Jewish references are based on the Coen Bother's own childhood - a fan of the Coen bothers might get this - but I did not, so I still think this is more likely to appeal to devoted Coen brother's fans than anyone else.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2013 00:29:21 BDT
Guy Mannering says:
Well I do know the book of Job and this film is a "retelling" only in the most superficial way. Believe me, Job had it much worse.
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