Review: A Serious Man

The Coen Brothers’ cynical worldview is captured as elegantly as ever in there 2009 film A Serious Man.

Larry Gopnik is not a serious man. He is not important or significant, he is meek and compliant, and his problems are mounting like flapjacks on a platter. When Larry learns that his wife has a lover, he does not kick her out of the house, instead he takes her suggestion and moves into a local motel. When  Larry’s brother mooches off of him and his son steals from him, he does not lay down the law, instead he let’s them get away with it.

Larry turns to his Rabbis to try to make sense of it all, but they just tell him unhelpful stories about dentists and parking lots, and Larry leaves more confused than before. The Jewish context seems to make this film more personal than all of the Coens’ other films. The characters seem true to life and almost biographical. The Coens claim that the characters of the film were not based on real people, but they say that the characters were very similar to people they grew up with.

A Serious Man is not as momentous as the Coens’ trademark films like Fargo or No Country For Old Men, but it is more of a personal film and more lovingly rendered. This film is not entirely satisfying, but in the end, does anyone ever really  get any real answers?

3 fishbones out of 4

Note: In my preview of the A Serious Man trailer, I gave it a 3 out of 4 on the Potential meter. I think the trailer was a good indication of the quality of the actual film.

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4 Responses to “Review: A Serious Man”

  1. Jackie Says:

    The end just. well. I don’t even know what to say.

  2. Jackie Says:

    mmm. In a way. I wouldn’t really be able to describe how I feel about it without ruining it for other people…

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