Haven’t seen The Ballad of Buster Scruggs? Check out my review of this Coen Brothers’ Oscar-nominated hit.
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 the film my intrigue rose considerably. Sure enough, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen.
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 list of favorite movies.
It’s also a rather interesting film because it’s, in part, a musical as well. But don’t let this make you depict in your mind 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.