The Man Who Wasn’t There- May 2nd

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
English- Noir
Rated- “R”
dir. Joel and Ethan Coen

There are things that are great no matter who you are.  Like Coen brothers movies, they’re typically pretty awesome regardless of personal tastes.  And then there are things that are a matter of personal preference.  The classic noir style of movie making is one of my favorites, and so I tend to take a liking to them, even before watching them.


Story/Writing: 2/2

A great example of a modern noir.  A fairly dark story of a barber (Billy Bob Thornton) in post-war California.  Growing tired of his less than exciting life, he decides to leave it all behind through a clever scheme.

Acting: 2/2

All of the Coen regulars deliver their parts well, and Thornton carries the lead squarely upon his shoulders.

Photography/Set: 2/2

Superb set design and dressing, nailing the period look and feel perfectly.  Even the framing and editing choices continue to drive the genre home.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

The voiceovers are a little long sometimes, they are necessary, but they could be edited to be in smaller sittings.  The violence is as good as always, although not quite as abundant as others.

Misc: 1.5/2

A well put together modern noir, with just the right amount of Coen weirdness to make it unique.


A must watch for any fan of the directors or of noir style films.

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