Nicholas Cage in laid back slightly aging Hippy mode is well cast in this whimsically amusing film. The hordes of children called Arizona after their father's furniture business provide ample opportunity for mayhem and confusion! Well worth getting hold of this wacky movie if you have the chance.
One of those few movies that are simply perfect in every way. The Coen brothers have created (another) masterpiece--the script is lyrical, and the actors deliver their lines with graceful emotion (most notably of which is Gabriel Byrne, whose subtle performance is fascinating); every shot and camera angle is a work of art, and is meshed together perfectly by sharp editing and a superb soundtrack.
My favorite Coen Bros. Flick
Reviewed by KHL for Barton Fink at 2009-01-06 17:15:31
Turturro and Goodman are outstanding in this bizarre, mildy comic and ultimately dark tale about an inspired NY playwright turned Hollywood scriptwriting hack in the late 30s-early 40s. His idealism and ideas are pretty much gone to seed in this dry desert environment, and in his quest to make the ultimate play about 'the working man', he meets Charlie (Goodman), an honest-to-gosh working dude, or is he? Great art deco sets, perfect supporting performances by many (including Judy Davis as the wife of a deranged Fitzgerald-Faulkner type fellow hack and Steve Buscemi as the weird Bellhop 'Call me Chet!') make this film great to watch - not to mention the twists and turns of the story line that will leave you wanting to watch it again.
In Minnesota, A car salesman hires two thugs to kidnap his wife so that his father-in-law can pay off the ransom and then he can collect a portion of the money to pay off his debts. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned and people begin getting killed in horrible and unusual ways. A gory, intense, extreme, funny, and original thriller of a film. Francis McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi are all top-notch in this flawless saga of quirky characters, bland atmosphere, and spraying blood. An American classic. This is the Coen brothers at their best! Rated R: Contains strong bloody violence and gore, strong language, and some sex.
Great Work From the Coens
Reviewed by brendoman for Fargo at 2008-08-28 18:32:20
When I really sit down and think about it, this is probably my favorite from the Coens and probably my favorite black comedy. So many great performances. Minnesota and North Dakota are characters themselves. Beautifully shot, great music really sets the tone.
They don't come much funnier. If you're a Baby Boomer, this is not to be missed. If you're not, you can laugh at their (our) expense. Jeff Bridges is great, but John Goodman's performance is out there in a category with the geniuses of modern off-beat comedy.
Best Coen movie ever
Reviewed by CoolerKing for Miller's Crossing at 2008-04-04 11:34:01
There's just not an ounce of fat in this film. About as near-perfect as they come. The dialogue is like hardboiled blood poetry, and the look and mood are killer. Tremendous performances throughout, and the "Danny Boy" scene with Albert Finney getting fancy with a tommy gun is a classic.
The Coens always get crap for their comedies not living up to Raising Arizona, but really what can? Ladykillers WAS lacking, but Intolerable Cruelty is really, really fun. Fantastic goofball turn by Clooney, sharp as a razor dialogue, and the death of Wheezy Joe is a cinematic classic. Great movie.