Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Serious Man

I can't believe the Academy has designated the Coen brothers' film A Serious Man one of the ten nominations for Best Picture of 2009. I could hardly watch the thing.

It's the thinly veiled modern story of Job, a nebbish of a man to whom bad things are happening, from his wife leaving his marriage for a mutual friend to kids who just want him to fix the T.V., or be a pot of money for a nose job. He talks to God, wondering why all this is happening to him, but God doesn't answer. Instead, God sends him a series of rabbis, a profession that isn't recommended highly in this film.

It's boring, it's depressing, it's more a recommendation for suicide than an inspiring film choice.

For Ruth's take on A Serious Man, visit her blog entry.

As for me, a Serious thumbs down.


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