Was wishy washy on this after seeing the mixed reviews, but I'm a big Coen Bros fan so I finally clicked play over the weekend on this. No regrets at all. The first short (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) is wickedly hilarious and wonderfully written. When he takes out the menacing card player with the board of the table, though gruesome, I laughed quite hard at that. The dichotomy of the situation breaks your brain a little bit. Also, the mystique of the quick draw gunslinger is still just so captivating for me when done effectively. I am thinking of things like The Quick and the Dead, Tombstone, and 3:10 to Yuma, etc. When done well, it is such a great device to drive action and intrigue. Of the six stories, I think this one was my favorite.
Of the remaining stories, All Gold Canyon with Tom Waits playing an old prospector is probably my second fave. Obviously minimalist from a script and cast POV, but the story is quite engaging. The cinematography on this one stands out as well with the beauty of the valley captured so well.
Overall, amongst all the stories, they are gorgeous, especially if you can take advantage of Dolby Vision. The writing definitely grabbed me immediately as well. In all honesty, the writing is probably the single thing that draws me to the Coens above all else. I highly recommend watching with subtitles to make sure you don't miss anything. It is incredibly nuanced, and you can tell each word is chosen with care, which is a must when needing to wrap up and entire story in such a short time.
If you've traditionally been a fan of the Coen Bros, it definitely deserves a chance.
Last edited by Ben23; 01-14-2019 at 09:05 AM.