Four and a half stars

Allan 2022-04-23 07:02:00

Six short stories: full of human thinking, there is no right or wrong, bad people do not necessarily face punishment, good people do not necessarily live long. In real life, I often face this kind of thing, and sometimes the retribution is unhappy, and sometimes the sky has no eyes.

This movie is most commendable for not forcing the main theme as usual. Through accidents, people's choices in various situations determine the direction of events. Some of them are indeed immoral, but whether life makes them choose this way or their nature is what the audience interprets.

There is an old saying: the ones who build bridges and pave the way are blind, and the ones who murder and set fire are many.

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

    A collection of western films, the scenery is magnificent and majestic, and six metaphorical stories are connected in a classical way of storytelling. The appearance is not without weird and weird. In fact, it is still full of the Coen brothers' sense of sadness and fatalism. The overturning of the hand of death. Death has been dealt with quickly, simply, inexplicably, and even lightly. The last story seems to be nonsense, but it is actually a summary of the previous five stories-as long as you look back, in the end we will all go to the palace of the god of death.

  • Myron 2022-04-24 07:01:06

    The six stories are all about death, and the further you go, the more like a lament of the impermanence of the world. It's still Cohen-esque absurd and humorous overall, but it's more serious and cold than the brothers' previous work.

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.