Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.
User Reviews: 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 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!