I always assumed that this movie would become more popular as time went on but it doesn't seem to be there quite yet. I think it's because I seem to remember "A serious man" was slow to catch on with people.
I liked it because it was ridiculous and a cool homage to movie genres of the past. It’s certainly not the best at being ridiculous or at paying homage to past styles, but for me it combined the two qualities in a fun way and I’ve enjoyed the couple of times I’ve re-watched it.
I loved it. The characters were so vibrant and I could really feel the Coen's joy at being able to recreate those old timey movie genres. I especially liked Alden Ehrenreich's aww shucks performance, a very hard line to tread making Hobie Doyle idealistic without being dumb. The scene where he's told about the kidnapping is a perfect example of this, as Hobie immediately cottons on to the gravity of the situation and correctly deduces that it must have been one of the extras who infiltrated the set.
What was misleading about the trailers? It was more or less exactly what I expected from a Coen Brothers movie, in that you never really know what to expect from a Coen Brothers movie.
The religious debate was one of the funniest scenes I've seen in a long time, very Marx Brothers/Mel Brooks-y in a way that only the Coen Brothers seem to be doing these days.
I also loved that they just ran with the idea of "what if all those Red Scare stories were true?" I've heard people say that the story line was incongruous, but I think that's only the case if you don't understand the climate of the early 1950s.
[Hobie shot first.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urP0PEwA6h0)
Yes, I just rewatched it and love the religious debate. It’s really a very good film, despite the negative reviews.
I absolutely loved it. Watched it alone, laughed and delighted in it. Then insisted my wife watch it and saw it a second time - still really enjoyed it. I didn't know it got negative reviews and never saw a trailer. I rarely watch them anymore. All I knew was - Coen Brothers, and that's enough by itself.
As someone else said above, Hobie Doyle was a great character and the actor who played him was perfect in the role. Actually, literally every single actor in it was pretty amazing, Brolin in particular who is a VERY underrated actor in my opinion. Plus, it's always a treat to see Clooney do comedy.
This should have been a TV series. Every character in this was amazing and deserved soooo much more screen time and individual stories. It could have easily been ten hours long.
It's one of the Coen's better films. Hobie Doye is one of the best Coen Brother's characters of all time.
I agree about the trailers being misleading. After seeing them for the first time i was worried it wouldn't feel like a Coen brothers movie. However, the actual film lives up exactly to what you would expect from their filmography.
It was not at all what I was expecting, but I've re-watched it twice so far. And the Ralph Fiennes scene about twenty times. It somehow never gets old watching Voldemort give Han Solo speech direction.
i've never seen it, guess i'll have to put it on my list.
Nope. Wasn’t good I’m afraid, it could and should have been but it failed massively.
The problem here is that people want to like it.
I honestly thought the movie completely sucked
If you know a lot about this studio system I think it works well as a spoof of that time and culture. But I don’t think it works as a caper or a comedy.
I enjoyed it for two reasons- it really made me wonder how much communist propaganda was placed in old films, and how much the film community was involved with Communism.
And the other was I loved Alden(the new Han Solo) in it. His Texas accent was fantastic.