A Serious Man
A Serious Man – Movie Review
A black comedy set in 1967 and centered on on Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won’t move out of the house
A Serious Man is the latest movie from the Coen Brothers. I must admit up front that I am a fan. I really loved some of the things that they have done like Fargo and Blood Simple and Raising Arizona. I did not love Oh Brother Where Art Thou or Barton Fink. By watching the Coen brothers, what you understand, is they’re sort of interested in the banal face of evil. I don’t understand what this movie is about. It starts with two little old people in Eastern Europe. After one of them meets a Dybuck, a soul is inhabited by Satan. That is the beginning of the movie, and they move on to focusing on some poor guy in the Midwest in 1967, and they try to make it a period piece. His wife is leaving him, his children are running amok. I just felt that there was nobody here to even like, let alone, identify with. You didn’t care about any of the characters. People were actually walking out of the screening that I saw. If this movie had been made by somebody who was not Jewish, I would say it was an anti Semitic movie, given the fact, to my knowledge, the Coen brothers are Jewish. I don’t know what they attempted, but it certainly didn’t work for me. One star.