The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

RATED - (R) - 133-MIN-2018

                The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a fun collection from the Coens                  buster poster

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My take on any Coen brother's movie is this: even their films that don't hit it completely out of the park are still better than most. I wouldn't call the straight to Netflix (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs ) great, but it sure is pretty damn good. I actually liked it a lot. If you were at some old family summer cottage, where the dust and old stuff, have gathered for decades in every corner, and you were looking for something to read to pass the time, you'd find a musty copy of Buster Scrugss holding up one leg of the old chair that grandma used to sit in. Its a potpourri of the Coen's take on the old cowboy fables, and it's certainly worth the read. It has to be mentioned that the cinematography by (Bruno Delbonnel ) and score by Coen usual (Carter Burwell) are both pretty spectacular.

Broken up into six stories, it starts with the (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs),
a clad from head to toe in white singing cowboy: ( Tim Blake Nelson) who seems to be about the nicest fella a man could run into...until you run into him. It is silly and violent and just a fun way to start. The whole harp thing into the clouds had me cracking up. Very fun.

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The next one is a bit of a miss for me (Near Algodones) with (James Franco) trying to rob a ridiculously small bank in the middle of nowhere, where a rather goofy and tenacious teller (Stephen Root ) puts up quite a fight with pots and pans. There is a neat part about how a man on a horse, with his hands tied and ready to be hanged, gets out for it. Its fine and its fairly short.

The third one ( Meal Ticket) is just odd in so many ways. A drifter (Liam Neeson) who travels from place to place with his particular companion the Artist (Harry Melling ) an armless and legless fellow who recites passages from literature and history. Once again, it's odd, but its short, and has a funny sort of ending.

The fourth (All Gold Canyon) with a perfect (Tom Waits ) as a lonely prospector with a mule in a stunning canyon looking for the big payday in them there hills. This is just a nice poem. I enjoyed it.

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The fifth (The Gal who got Rattled) could honestly be a full movie and is easily the best of the six. (Zoe Kazan ) is Alice Longabaugh, a woman who is part of a large group of settlers on a wagon train, heading for Oregon with her sick brother who dies en route, and a vocal little dog. This is an equally funny and tragic story about those first pioneers who braved many things for a chance at a new start. Both (Bill Heck) as Billy Knapp and (Grainger Hines) as Mr. Arthur are fabulous in their roles as hands on the journey who care for Alice. There is a very tense scene toward the end that is wonderfully done. I liked this one very much, and look forward to watching it again. Burwell's score in this segment is wonderful.

The sixth one (The Mortal Remains) is an interesting take on a tale told many times. A stagecoach full of three very talkative folks (Chelcie Ross) as a fur trapper, (Tyne Daly) as a snooty old lady, and (Saul Rubinek) a Frenchman, along with their two guides (Brendan Gleeson) and a wonderful and slightly sinister  (Jonjo O’Neill)  are on a trip, with no chance of return. As the weather gets worse, our passengers slowly begin to realize their predicament. This one I liked a lot. It has a really interesting old movie kind of dread to it. It was a nice way to end this cool collection from the minds of two most intelligent filmmakers in the business.

You should watch this movie on Netflix.

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