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Reviewing ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

Netflix is an amazing streaming service with countless movies and television shows to keep one stimulated with content for months on end. Last year Netflix would end up delivering two films to the public that were regarded at the Oscars; the Oscar-winning film, Roma, and the Oscar-nominated movie, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

I haven’t seen Roma yet but I did watch The Ballad of Buster Scruggs after my mother saw it and said it was a must-see. And when I learned that Joel and Ethan Coen– writers/directors of Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men–had made it my intrigue rose considerably. Sure enough, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen.

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It tells six stories over a two hour and thirteen-minute runtime that range from cynically comedic and disturbingly dark to rivetingly triumphant and slightly horrifying. Joel and Ethan Coen take their brilliant genius of storytelling back to the Old West in a stunning fashion that leaves one reeling by the film’s conclusion.

I love Westerns and this movie reminded me why. No Country for Old Men is my favorite movie of all time and The Ballad of the Buster Scruggs is definitely another film I will add to My Favorites list.

It’s also a rather interesting movie because it’s, in part, a musical as well. But don’t let this make you depict a film that is on part musically with films like An American in Paris or The Wizard of OZ. It may feature some singing but it isn’t at all composed in the classic veins of a musical. Not at all.

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68 Years Later and ‘An American In Paris’ Is Still Incredible

Before An American in Paris I wasn’t a fan of musicals. I loved the magic of The Wizard of Oz and I love Disney movies, which are essentially animated musicals, but beyond that, I didn’t think musicals were that great.

For years my mother has been talking about this movie that was one of her favorite films of all time, An American in Paris. And, as someone who didn’t really like live-action musicals at the time, I was skeptical. Until I watched it. By the time the movie had ended, I completely understood why it was the first musical to win an Oscar for Best Picture. It was amazing, to say the least.

Now, on my third and latest viewing, I continue to watch this film with pure awe and admiration. It’s literally perfect, from beginning to end.

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The story–which is impeccably written by the way–is really easy to follow as it focuses on an American painter in Paris who happens to literally bump into the girl of his dreams. He immediately falls in love with her and from that point onward the movie tells a beautiful romantic story that brings a tear to my eye every time I see the conclusion.

This film is truly movie gold. Paris, the supposed romantic capital of the world, is the perfect setting for such a brilliant love story. The utterly phenomenal music and songs bring a smile to my face and goosebumps to my goosebumps every time I watch this movie. The choreography for the dancing is fantastic and truly tells a story of its own.

All in all, this movie is downright amazing. I’ve written a review of An American in Paris before but after seeing it again I had to praise it once more. This film seems to get more enjoyable with every viewing and now I need to add this movie’s soundtrack to my Spotify pronto. 🙂

If you’ve never watched An American in Paris before I highly recommend it. It’s truly a masterpiece that deserves to be watched.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.