Written October 18, 2009
The Coen Brothers this time are very creative useing the Jewish household (lifestyle) as a tool to pursue the existential question -" why do people want answers from god when bad things happen to them". The opening scene (prologue) sets up the premise of the movie = sometimes the devil or evilness simply "visits" your household. Why do bad things happen to good people? The main character seems to live a happy 60's era suburban life but suddenly comes home to see his world collapseing around him. As a result he does a continuous "why me" dance thru out the movie, as he goes from rabbi to rabbi seeking answers. In funny scenes the rabbis provide useless help. The final scene further drives home the point of the movie; when a tornado bears down on his town. What is more uncontollable, unfair and unpredictable than a tornado? Sometimes life is like that. It tears your world apart.
Written October 19, 2009
The characters in this movie are painfully familiar... like many relatives. This made it both hard to watch and funny. Not the typical Coen Bros. movie.
Written October 31, 2009
I do not laugh often. I was explaining this to my companion the night before we went to see A Serious Man. She was, fairly, a bit taken aback to see me roar through this movie.
It is hilarious - particularly to those of us who do not find things to be that funny these days.
I It is the Book of Job portrayed on screen and if you have an appreciation for schadenfreude, you will love this movie.
Written November 03, 2009
should have been much better
Written October 25, 2009
has many turns,alot of valley's and mountains and where you end up is a mystery. That's what this movie's about,a fable of how when things can go wrong they will and just when you think it can't get any worse it does. Even at the end of the movie when you think things are about to turn around for the main character the Cohen brothers remind you of the uncertainty of life. A very funny dark comedy filled with irony, pathos and compassion.
"if you can keep your head while others around you lose theirs" sums up this movie,you gotta have faith...or do you?