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4.0 out of 5 stars If Terry Gilliam remade Citizen Kane, Brewster's Millions and Trading Places all in one go..., 20 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The Hudsucker Proxy [1994] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a witty, zany, break-the-rules feelgood film which is far better than you might think. Yes, it was a commercial bomb and a critical flop, but it has been unjustly cast aside, probably because it was the Coens' first stab at really hitting the big time, and it was just too whacky for an audience used to "Die Hard" or "When Harry Met Sally". But if you like a bit of nutty fantasy (have you seen "Big Fish"? or "Brazil"?) with some tremendous characters and a jumbled up cast (Paul Newman, Frasier's dad, a glimpse of Ian McKellen and ...is that really Prez from "The Wire"??), this is a lot of fun. It's also totally silly, which is probably why the critics looked down their noses at it - a flippant fable that doesn't carry enough weight to justify the cinematography.

The plot is reminiscent of plenty of other comedies but the Coens inject it with such madness and originality that the end result still feels original, rather as if Terry Gilliam had remade "Citizen Kane", "Brewster's Millions" and "Trading Places" all in one film. If that sounds like your kind of brew, check it out! (But if you're a die-hard fan of films like "Die Hard", maybe you should go for some of the Coens' darker stuff instead.)
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