I had high expectations for this book but was sadly disappointed. The book consists of a set of brief essays on various aspects of the Coen brothers’ work, with most of the essays apparently attempting to elucidate philosophical themes found in the movies. This ought to be interesting, maybe even enlightening. But far too many of the essays seemed to be exercises in ‘how can I fit movie “X” into philosophical cubbyhole “Y”’.

I think there’s a good book to be written on this subject - this just isn’t it.



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Metadata Info

  • Title: The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers
  • Author: Mark T. Conard
  • Published: 2008
  • ISBN: 081312526X
  • Buy: Amazon search
  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 2.0 stars