I like every Coen brothers movie I’ve ever seen. Their approach to dark and off-color comedy, as well as the full-frontal violence make their films very unique in the world of cinema. I’ve also always liked their colorful and well-written characters and dialogue, something “Barton Fink” is full of.
“Barton Fink” is a great addition to the collection of movie I’ve seen by the Coens. The story is about a Broadway playwright, Barton Fink, who is commissioned to write a Hollywood movie. This assignment sends him on a crazy adventure through the highlights and lowlights of 1940’s Hollywood culture, as well as some strange things in between.
A perfectly written Coen screenplay. Great characters interacting through wonderful dialogue. The only problem I had was with where the story ended up, a little weird in my opinion.
John Turturro is great as the mousy Fink. He plays well across from many actors throughout the film: John Goodman, Michael Lerner, Tony Shaloub, and several others bring light to the screen as characters that could only exist in a Coen film.
The sets are beautiful and perfectly period. The photography frames the story wonderfully and makes the movie even more interesting to watch.
The violence is visceral and real, and the sound is balanced. Not much to say here, so I won’t.
A well assembled Coen brothers movie brought to life by great acting and dialogue.
A must for any Coen brothers fan . A great dark comedy.