When you see that some movie is directed by Coen brothers you know it is going to be good. This time they tried to make a noir film, and they succeeded. Cast was perfect as always, with Billy stealing the show. The fact that this movie is in black and white only accentuated his acting skills. And not only acting skills, looking like he escaped from the thirties he was a perfect fit for this role. A man in constant struggle with himself. The rest of the elements are pretty standard issue when it comes to Coen movies, they are truly unique and very talented.

Ed Crane is a simple man, he works as a barber and enjoys smoking cigarettes as much as he can. He does not care much about the world around him. His wife is cheating on him with his friend and he tries to use it to get some money, but as you guessed this will not turn out so good. If you are having a movie night, this should be your main movie; it has something that will pull you in, and although it develops (if it develops at all) rather slowly it is deeply immersing… Also, if The Man Who Wasn’t There isn’t enough for you, check out another Coen noir movie: Blood Simple.

Director: Joel Coen

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, James Gandolfini, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Shalhoub

Fun Stuff: The movie was filmed in color, then printed in black and white by special processing. However, at least one print was released with the first reel in normal color due to an error at the lab. Because he trusted the quality of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s work, Billy Bob Thornton agreed to do the movie before even reading the script.

Rating:

IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243133/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.