Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) USA

Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) USA

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) USA

Directed by:  Ethan and Joel Coen

Here’s something new from the Coen Brothers – an anthology of short films based on a fictional book of “western tales,” featuring Tim Blake Nelson as a murderous white-hatted singing cowboy; James Franco as a bad luck bank-robber; Liam Neeson as the impresario of a traveling medicine show with increasingly diminishing returns; Tom Waits as a die-hard gold prospector; Zoe Kazan and Bill Heck as two shy people who almost come together on the wagon trail; and Tyne Daly, Saul Rubinek, Brendan Gleeson, Chelcie Ross, and Jonjo O’Neill as a motley crew on a stagecoach to nowhere. Each story is distinct, but joined by the unifying thematic thread of mortality. As a whole movie experience, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is wildly entertaining, and, like all Coen films, endlessly surprising.

132 minutes

Venice Film Festival – Winner – Best Screenplay
Venice Film Festival – Nominated – Golden Lion