A Serious Man

Wednesday October 28th 2009

The last couple of days of this year’s festival have pretty much been dead weight: a bunch of British and/or arthouse movies to fill the gap until festival closer Nowhere Boy. There was, however, one high-profile film to look forward to: A Serious Man, the one wot is new from the Coen Brothers.

Here’s where it stands on the late-noughties Coen tonal scale:

Qualitatively, it’s pretty top notch, and probably deserves a second viewing. Michael Stuhlbarg is a great discovery, it’s both genuinely funny and genuinely thoughtful and, BEST OF ALL, it has a great aspect-ratio-shift about five minutes in.

1.33:1 -> 1.85:1 MOTHERFUCKAAAS