The Coen Brothers strike gold with their new “Western Movie” that came out on Netflix this week. I would hope you are familiar with the Coen brothers as they had made some of the best movies to date (Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Fargo) just to name a very short few. This movie, however, is something entirely different from anything they have done and yet it is still outstanding.
The Ballad is not so much a movie as it is 6 different short stories that all take on human nature and how a person fits into this world. The first short story starts out as more of a comedy about a gun slinging cowboy who takes out anyone in his path while singing up-beat songs. The second story involves James Franco as a bank robber and continues the theme of humor but in a more dark manner. As the stories go on they get darker and sinister of sorts until they conclude with my favorite chapter titled The Mortal Remains. While the movie or each short story may need to be watched twice to understand the meaning of each film I highly encourage it because each one is shot beautifully and how so much meaning behind each one. Whether it is greed, love, lust or fortune each story shows the deeper meaning of human nature and how in the end we all die. The stories are both somehow grim and hilarious which I found to be very different from anything I have seen before. With it being the holiday weekend it is a great time to sit down and watch this movie at home with family or by yourself as it does require some personal thought. Seeing as it is brand new on Netflix you will be able to see it right away.
I have a hard time ranking this movie because it is essentially 6 different entities all together. If I am to couple them all together I am giving The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 8.2 buckets of popcorn out of 10. The visuals and acting in the film are absolutely brilliant and the movie is something so different from anything else you will watch. Enjoy and check out the trailer below.