For Feb. 1st: Barton Fink

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.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

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.

Acting: 2/2

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.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

The sets are beautiful and perfectly period.  The photography frames the story wonderfully and makes the movie even more interesting to watch.

Sound/FX: 2/2

The violence is visceral and real, and the sound is balanced.  Not much to say here, so I won’t.

Misc: 1.5/2

A well assembled Coen brothers movie brought to life by great acting and dialogue.

VERDICT: 8.5/10

A must for any Coen brothers fan .  A great dark comedy.


About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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