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Plot: An anthology film comprised of six stories, each dealing with a different aspect of life in the Old West. Runtime: 132 min Release Date: 09 Nov 2018
In this day and age, this is a real gem of a movie (by alex-1250)
Finally a movie that feels genuine start to finish and a movie that entertains. You are never sure where it starts and where it will end,all the characters immediately feel real without wasting any time. And perhaps most importantly, this is a movie that does not insult your intelligence like almost all other movies do.
How did his treasure fly under my radar??? (by ruthann-4)
I am a huge Coen Brothers fan, and a huger Tom Waits fan. This is a little bit of heaven. Take time to watch and make your own mind up. I am so happy that the old times of being tied to a studio is gone. Netflix, et al, has provided us with independent and unique movies. But this particular independent movie hasn't suffered some that other have. This is prime Coen Brothers with an a-list cast.
One of the best western films EVER period. (by brandonjmccain)
Settle in on your couch and or favorite chair. Because this is a long, beautiful and amazing film. I'm a huge western fan. I'm very picky about my westerns. This blew me out of the water. You need to realize what your getting yourself into. This is a heady movie that is ahead of its time. The stories are beautifully written. And the backdrop of the old west makes it over the top. I can't remember the last time I hung on every word in a movie. The last story dialogue was out of this world. Pure gold. I love Tom waits. And his role was PERFECT. They nailed it on the head Probably my <more>
favorite story. We all should thank Netflix. Without them this film would not be possible. We all should realize we are in a golden age of entertainment. All you people who complain. Or say "It was so boring" are taking actual good movies for granted. There has never been a better time to be alive for movies. This should be in theaters allll over. And I'm watching it in the comfort of my own house on my couch. Crazy. Don't watch if you want a good ole western with the same plots we've been watching forever. Watch it with an open mind, and you will walk away appreciating life. Mad props guys. You knocked it out the park. Thank you for your hard work. You brought stories to life with such beauty, horror, humor, hope , fear ,despair and joy.
Easy to enjoy, hard to say why (by martinlucas-469-207968)
I'm truly amazed at the naivety of so many of the reviews here. The Coen brothers don't try to make simple narrative films working within the conventions that so many of their viewers expect. It's ludicrous to say things like story six should have been number five, or to allocate different ratings to the different stories, or even to complain that the red indians are not fairly represented! The Coen brothers are fascinated by the way that over thousands of repetitions, enormous numbers of rules have become hidden away among the narratives that are produced as films, and they love <more>
to subvert and play with those hidden rules. One simple example: at the beginning of 'Fargo' a frame appears that says " This film is based on a true story". In fact there is no true story. When asked why they put the statement up, one brother said " because we always wanted to make film that started like that." Now if that sounds like it's somehow cheating or breaking a contract between the viewer and the film makers, ie the opening statement is a fact though the rest of the film is of course actors working through a script, it means you haven't realised there aren't really any rules, just umpteen conventions that have accumulated in popular films especially the Western genre, and blunted their capacity of to make fresh and new connections with us. So, one reviewer says that the first story is a good old fashioned western that they wish had been extended. It's not. Buster is a ludicrous mid 1950' s Gene Autrey like figure. His clothes, even his guitar, are completely anachronistic in the rough tough greasy setting of his segment , his shooting skills are impossible, every element in his story is an outrageous overextension of a traditional western, so, the Coen brothers take the genre forward to a ludicrous conclusion and he abruptly dies and flies off to cheesy bluegrass heaven. We are now a bit unsettled and confused about what might happen in the following segments. Since they are all stunningly realistic with arbitrary insertion of death, disaster, and coincidence we cannot just sit back and work our way through the usual tropes. A bank robber has a miraculous escape from hanging, as they always do in westerns? Nope ten minutes later he'll be at the end of a rope again but this time.. Gotcha! He dies. By now the film has you firmly in its grip, anything can happen, and it does, we can't hide safely behind the settee of our expectations, as brave old prospectors, pathetically disabled actors, cheeky little dogs, occupants of a stage coach, all take their chances in life, and we find that we care!As the jolly bounty hunter in the stagecoach says, if you can get your quarry drawn into a story you can pounce on him before he knows it. In a Coen brother's film it's quite dangerous to make our usual identifications with key characters, you can't afford to relax.The underlying message of this film is simple,enjoy the movies, but remember most of the them tell us reassuring lies, a film like 'The Ballad..." that is really trying to reinvigorate Western genre, works to escape the comfortable rules of underlying logic, consequence and fairness, and best of all to remind us that in the end, of course, like most of the key characters in this film, sooner or later, we all die.
The Dark & Crazy Side of the Wild West (by portmanrobson)
This is a fantastic movie - beautifully shot and acted showing the dark and bleakly funny side of the lawless Wild West. If you love the Coen Bros who doesn't? then you'll love this.The movie is made up of six different stories - so you get 6 for the price of 1!Highly recommend.
More Astounding Moviemaking By The Coen Brothers (by jburtonprod-802-759029)
This movie has an accumulative effect. The stories range from funny to grim to harrowing to ironic to haunting to horrifying. You barely have time to recover from one before you're thrust into the next one. The format is set up as a dime Western book where we get to see six of the stories. There is a real authentic western feel to them. A real grit.Bruno Delbonnel's cinematography is spectacular. Wide sweeping vistas, majestic mountains, stylized towns, all beautifully captured. There's also a surreal feel to some the stories. Imagine if 'Pulp Fiction' were all western <more>
stories. And on that train of thought, TBoBS succeeds in many areas where 'The Hateful Eight' did not. A great collection of short movies by the Coen Brothers.
The Coens return with the most unique movie of the year! (by philipposx-12290)
The Coen Brothers are some of the most popular and also best movie directors currently working. They created one of my all time favourite movies in The Big Lebowski 1998 , and some of the best movies of their respectable decades such as the cult hit Fargo 1996 & the Neo-Noir Western No Country for Old Men 2007 . And now they return in 2018, together with Netflix, to present the most unique movie of the year!The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells six individual and self contained storys in the Wild West. As usual, the movie looks stunning. It is beautifully shot, has some of the best <more>
cinematography of recent years and it's just a joy to watch. Also the composed soundtrack is really fitting. As said, the movie is cut in six minor portions: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Near Aldgones, Meal Ticket, All Golds Canyon, the Gal who got Rattled & the Mortal Remains.They do not have anything particular in common plot wise, but thematically they all tell the huge story of the Wild West - the dark & crazy, sometimes sad side of it. Because make no mistake, this is a really brutal movie. While the first story is very big on comedic relief, the later chapters get really dark, especially the third having a heartbreaking and strangely poetic ending. The fifth story was probably the most cinematic story, since it told a beautiful little tale that could've been easily explored in a regular film. And the last story is basically only one huge dialogue. It's remarkable at how the Coens write their dialogue - it's eventually only people talking about their lifes and out of nowhere the mood changes into complete danger and suspense. The acting of the over all many performers was great as usual, with especially notable performances by Liam Neeson, Tom Waits & Tim Blake Nelson.There are a few tiny things that bothered me would've liked a bit more of Gleeson , but these are minor concerns. The Coens are back with another tightly written, thought provoking and fully enjoyable movie that reflects on not only their recurring themes/patterns of violence & fantastic dialogue but also to tell the huge story of the Wild West in its most heartbreaking fashion.This is the most unique movie of the year!
Aesthetically beautiful with I thought a clear narrative (by katemcameron)
As always from the Coen Brothers, a cleverly written film where the script alone is pure entertainment, and every scene is visually stunningI also thought there WAS a clear narrative linking each story that became apparent almost immediately, due to what a surprise it was in the first instance, which SPOILERS was that the main character dies in every story. Now, I admit that that was not quite the case in "All Gold Canyon" and "The Mortal Remains", but in both instances I thought that pretence was put to good use- When the prospector steels the eggs, you imagine the owl <more>
will kill him, when he is then shot by 'mister pocket' you are sure that he must really be dead. In "The Mortal Remains", I felt that it left you hanging deliberately, because any one of the three coach riders could be next.Once this theme is established, it elevated the suspense as you begin to ask yourself "who will it be?", "Can I get attached to this character?" "How will it happen?"Ok, well he got out of the last noose, he must be about to get out of this one too.Will the angelic looking boy somehow overcome his disability and kill his father? Because I really don't want him to die...This prospector is surely going to the grave, but how?The happy life these two have the possibility of creating is too lovely for one to die, which makes the love story all the more bitter sweet and beautiful.Is she going to kill the frenchman? Is the mad trapper going to get them all, like he does ferrets? Is the driver even human? Will a highwayman get them? Ah! Those two are murderers, so how is this going to happen?It added an extra layer of suspense and more possibilty for twists and turns in the plot, as well as weaving in little lines and details that give the audience slivers of information while making you want to ask even more questions.Am I the only one who saw this death theme? Or am I completely making it up in my head?!A very enjoyable film either way.
Sometimes exquisitely homages Sergio Leone and John Ford in style, sometimes overly ridiculous, sometimes very deep, 'The Ballad' is always steeped in the Cohen brothers' signature style.The project aims at describing the west under all of its aspects through its tales. I believe it gets close enough. I wouldn't say it's the ultimate western film, but definitely a very enjoyable one. Technically, it has a great score and really stunning photography.As it often happens in anthologies, some tales are better, others worse. This unfortunately is sometimes the case of Buster <more>
Scruggs. I'll try to review each tale separately without spoilers.Tale 1: The Buster Scruggs one, basically a gunslinger story. It's very comical, maybe too comical, in that black humour, cohen brothers style we all know and I don't particularly like . What I really enjoyed was the visual style of this part, and the Leone-style violence. Otherwise it felt a bit off, to me, but I'm sure fans of Lebowski will love this tale. 15 mins aprox.Tale 2 Briefly, it's about an outlaw trying to rob a bank. Even more in the visual style of Sergio Leone desertic scapes, slowed down pace , it has a comedic side but is a much more serious tale. It didn't have a complex plot like frankly none of the stories do , but was nonetheless stunning. It features James Franco. 15 mins aprox.Tale 3 Follows a very particular moving stage-company. The most dramatic one until now, with a very different setting and quite heartbreaking. Also the first non-violent, or at least not including gunfights. It features Liam Neeson. 20 mins aprox.Tale 4 A gold prospector enters a man previously untouched by men. In a way, it is a parable about the conquer of the west and its "urbanization". In a way it reminded me once again of "Once Upon a Time in the West", a Leone film. 20 mins aprox.Tale 5 The tale about pioneers. Gets back to a desolate landscape as the first two tales. In a way, it reminds of John Ford's "Wagon Master", but with a more mature style. Also pioneers aren't identified as mormons here. A slow-burn tale with an interesting ending. Its ending is very conclusive, I could imagine this one as the final tale rather. 30 mins aprox., maybe longer.Tale 6 I agree with the other reviewers that this story should have been the fifth and Tale 5 should have been the final one. This tale focuses on the passengers of a stagecoach again, reminds of Ford's 'Stagecoach' and a terror story. The film hence ends in an unsettling, american gothic setting, which honestly doesn't feel in-genre. Nonetheless, the tale is enjoyable. Brendan Gleeson. It is the most dialogue-based story, which makes me believe it is largely responsible for the Golden Lion price for Best Screenplay at Venice.The biggest flaw I found, other than tale 6 not being as conclusive as tale 5 for the finale, was a still stereotyped view of native indians in the few tales that feature them. None of the stories care to give any depth to natives, they are presented only as some enemies to the main character. It would have been interesting to see a less one-sided view of them as last year's Hostiles did .Lately, the western genre has had only a handful of great titles. This year, with this movie and 'The Sisters Brothers' , even with all its faults, it seems that the western genre has received a newfound spark of energy.