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There's also entirely too much talk and an ending that goes nowhere. But the film as a whole satisfies, even if it's something less than the sum of its parts. Any new Coen Bros. offering is always worth celebrating.
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is a Coen brothers western-style buffet that didn't quite work out, so they're serving it to us on one plate. If you eat around a few items, there's certainly enough for a meal.
The Coen brothers' greatest trick is balancing the ironic commentary on cinema and storytelling with the dramatic impact of compelling human stories well told. And it's a trick they pull off again and again.
Strikes me as mid-to-upper range Coen fare... [Includes] their extraordinary jeweler's-eye attention to detail, their gift for concocting dialogue in plummy 19th-century vernacular, their lyrical embrace of wide-open landscapes, and their woeful nihilism.
This is the sort of film that traditionally marks the start of an artist's "late phase" - one in which old motifs are brought back in different keys and tested, and in which the bounds of realism are loosened. For the Coens, it's a thrilling new frontier.
Saddle up for a hilarity-and-hellfire, Coen brothers western full of riding, fighting, hanging and shooting - plus silly songs, a limbless poet, cowboy love rituals and philosophical musings about the inevitability of dying.
Richly entertaining and blackly funny but told with sincerity and heart, the half-dozen Western tales packed into The Ballad of Buster Scruggs show the Coen brothers loading up their six-shooter and firing barely a blank.
Despite the snark and irreverence, genre specialists will eat up the devotion to detail here, from the relish the Coens take in writing colorful 19th century Western vernacular to the musical choices and the lovely between-acts artwork.