A Serious Man
is their best film since Lebowski and a definite four star film. It was released in Melbourne yesterday and I've seen it twice thus far. This is the Coens back to their absolute best.
It's fucking hilarious, can be analysed a number of ways and incredibly original. Perhaps the most original film I've seen since Lars and The Real Girl.
Like their three classics, Lebowski, Miller's and Fargo you get caught up in the little world the Coens have created here and don't want to leave.
I've been slightly disappointed in their films this decade but A Serious Man is nothing short of incredible. On the first viewing I missed a fair bit just through laughter. The scene where Larry (Michael Stuhlbarg) goes to see
the first, younger rabbi is priceless. The expression on Larry's face when the rabbi shows him the car park is gold.
If there's been a better performance than Stuhlbarg's this year I've missed it.