Short Review: "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"

Loyce 2022-04-19 09:01:53

See also the director of the Coen brothers, and see the western theme that the brothers love.

On the vast expanse of the dusty western part of the United States, under the title of a romantic and comfortable movie, fable-like stories are staged one after another.

Eagerness is mixed with coolness, joy mixed with sadness, brutality mixed with philosophical thinking...

I like the story of the gold digger the most, the rhythm is slow but very chewy. The surface is still the flat narrative style of the Coen Brothers' golden signature, and the inside uses rich, delicate and restless lens language to gather tension, and then toss it in the air like a cowboy dancing a whip, pulling out a crackling accident or reversal...

The six short stories are strung together into a poem that is broken by the sound of horses' hooves.

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Extended Reading
  • Kareem 2021-12-02 08:01:26

    The third story is too cruel.

  • Kristin 2022-03-27 09:01:06

    West and death, absurdity and sadness, all the way from amazing to distracted, the Coen brothers have always had good sentences and bad chapters in recent years. The first three stories are so good that I will probably remember them for a long time.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs quotes

  • Buster Scruggs (segment "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"): Misanthrope? I don't hate my fellow man, even when he's tiresome and surly and tries to cheat at poker. I figure that's just a human material, and him that finds in it cause for anger and dismay is just a fool for expecting better.

  • Alice Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled): Gilbert had a saying for any situation. A ready bit of wisdom. He was very certain.

    Billy Knapp (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled"): He was a doughface?

    Alice Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled): ...He had fixed political beliefs. All of his beliefs were quite fixed. He would upbraid me for being wishy-washy. I never had his certainties. I suppose it is a defect.

    Billy Knapp (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled"): I don't think it's a defect at all. Oh no. Uncertainty. That is appropriate for matters of this world. Only regarding the next are vouchsafed certainty.

    Alice Longabaugh (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled): Yes.

    Billy Knapp (segment "The Gal Who Got Rattled"): I believe certainty regarding that which we can see and touch, it is seldom justified, if ever. Down the ages, from our remote past, what certainties survive? And yet we hurry to fashion new ones. Wanting their comfort. Certainty... is the easy path. Just as you said.