Review Date: September 02, 2000
Director: Joel Coen
Writer: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Producers: Ethan Coen
Nicolas Cage as H.I. McDonnough
Holly Hunter as Ed McDonnough
John Goodman as Gale
Holly Hunter playing the ultimate white trash wifey with a precious soul, while others like John Goodman and Frances McDormand sweeten the pie, stuffing the entire film with memorable performances all around. But there's more. One of the most distinctive features of this film is its impeccably stylized direction. I mean, foggedabouttit! Hand-held cameras running around, crane shots, unbelievable stunt tricks (can anyone explain the knife being thrown in the plank shot?), a classic car chase featuring a pack of Huggies at its end and various wide-lensed sequences used only to accentuate the film's over-the-top fantastical comedy feel. Amazing, just amazing. But the Coen masterpiece wouldn't be complete without a touch of the heartstrings as well. One of the last scenes featuring the husband and wife team overlooking a child's crib gets me every time! Wow. A hilarious romp that manages to poke a hole in our tender side, too? Whatta flick. Add all that to the film's infectious prologue and ambiguous epilogue, and you've got a movie that delivers on all counts and more.
A cool story, classic dialogue, excellent performances, a catchy soundtrack, a unique visual flair, humor, drama, thrills, chases, love, hate and a fantastical element soaking the entire film in a blanket of surrealism. So if you love originality in film, if you love the stylized ventures a la Coen and appreciate well-written words intermixed with slap-stick comedy, check this flick out asap! "There's right and there's right and never the t'wain shall meet." Okay, then.