For those who are not aware, this is a film which tells the tales of six different characters. While all our stories are set in the Old West, each story has a different theme, tone and element even when the setting remains the same (or at least it feels like it).
This film is directed by the talented Coen Brothers (Ethan & Joel) who are best known for their direction of films such as Fargo and The Big Lebowski. Anyone who has experienced a Coen Brothers film in the past should know what to expect in advance. If it’s your 1st time in a Coen Brothers film, you might be left in shock or left feeling surprised. Personally, being a fan of the director’s work, I was rather curious about the new Netflix film.
As I expected, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs is loaded with many significant elements. Firstly we have the stories which are incredibly unpredictable and packed with surprises. Each story also had a result that I found myself either saddened by, shocked by or was left smiling in my chair. Each story is entirely different, and as the overall film continues, I felt instead glued to the movie just wanting to know how a story would end. Of course, I would then get invested into the next story as if I was watching an excellent TV series.
The film is also loaded with incredible talent and a great line up of actors. Actors Liam Neeson and James Franco are just some of the names who make appearances. To reveal all the cast members here would only spoil some of the film’s surprises. But I found each actor and performance to be rather outstanding in every way. Certain actors also surprised me with some fun musical numbers on the screen which also sets the film’s tone (plus, fun music is expected for a Coen Brothers film).
Visually? For a digital title, this film is the best looking film I have ever seen on Netflix. And to top it off, it’s all supported with a fun and unique surround audio track. Gunshots, animals and the sounds of nature all presented here, and it’s fantastic.
Overall, I was left feeling surprised by this film in a positive way. If you’re expecting a guns blazing western, you’re in for a shock. If you’ve seen the film’s trailer, you’re also going to be in for a shock. Buster Scruggs is a film that is set in the Wild West, telling six stories all loaded with unpredictable paths that will leave audience members filled with many different emotions. I, for one, enjoyed this film, but being a Coen Brothers film, the humour and style isn’t always for all. If you are seeking something different with some style and creative flair, this might be for you. I had a great time.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden