The Coen Brothers’ highly anticipated Six part anthology movie, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs screened today at Adelaide Film Festival.
In Buster Scruggs we get 6 short stories all set in the wild west with characters oozing with great Coen charm.
First up we have a story that probably got the best reaction out of the audience, it stars Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs himself as he goes about his general adventures in the west. This was by far my favourite part of the Anthology and everything aligns here to give us some peak Coen Brothers moments and quirks.
Parts two, five & six are also really great examples of the Coen Brothers trademark quirkyness and humor with the sixth having an undeniably fantastic dialogue driven story set entirely within a wagon which of course isn’t quite what it seems to be.
While part four isn’t bad , part three is very puzzling, in fact for the most part it didn’t really fit in with the rest and just didn’t resonate with me, which is a shame since I’m a fan of Liam Neeson.
As a package it’s something any fan of the Coen Brothers should see, it has some great actors spread throughout the Anthology, the downside being that part 3 in particular kind of pulls the rest down a notch compared to their other work.
In the end Buster Scruggs gives us some fantastic laughs and that unmistakable Style.
Thanks to Adelaide Film Festival for the screening!