FILM RATING: 2.5 stars
A Serious Man (2009) is the third movie I’ve seen this year to have the word “Man” in the title proceeded by a descriptive “S” word. The other 2 films being A Single Man (2009) and Solitary Man (2010). Are the studios trying to make it hard for us to distinguish these movies from each other? Unfortunately, the quality of the movies has dropped each time for me. I absolutely loved A Single Man (4.5 stars), enjoyed Solitary Man (3.5 stars), but was bored with A Serious Man (2.5 stars). It’s not that A Serious Man is a bad movie. It’s the typical finely-written, finely-crafted, finely-acted, and finely-photographed film that we’ve all come to expect from Joel & Ethan Coen. But the story just didn’t engage me emotionally or cinematically…it was too quirky and distant from my own life. But the movie did look good!
I think you either like the Coen Brothers’ films or you don’t. This one I didn’t. I love Fargo (1996) and No Country For Old Men (2007). I haven’t seen any of their other films yet. And we’ll see what happens with True Grit (2010). I’m hopeful! I love Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.
Because I didn’t really care for the film, I’m not going to post any still images like normal. But there was some great photography in this flick, as you can see in the trailer. And you gotta love the design of that movie poster above!