The Man Who Wasn’t There

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: Billy Bob Thorton, James Gandolfini
Directed By: Cohen Brothers
Rated: R for language and violence

Final Grade:

Over the years the Cohen Brothers have brought you movies like the Big Lebowski, Fargo and O’ Brother Where art Thou?. Now a new classic to add to their list of Greats is the Man who wasn’t there.

Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thorton), is the town barber. He is married to a wife he never talks to, and is surrounded by a town that he feels, nearly ignores his entire existance. Somehow he tells himself he likes it that way. He decides that he needs to do something in his life, and in order to make some money, he decides to Blackmail his cheating wife’s boss and lover into giving him $10,000. The end result, is a downward spiral of events, that only lead to one problem after another.

As far as praise goes, I have no idea where to start. I could say the typical things, such as wonderful, brilliant, top notch ect. But words such as those just don’t cut it. The cinematography is excellent. The entire, movie is filmed in black and white, but the lighting and contrast makes it all the more enjoyable to watch. It is a joy to watch Thorton at his best work, and I almost feel sorry about any comments I made about him after seeing Bandits. Thorton’s wonderful acting was only enhanced by the great supporting roles, played by the likes of James Gandolfini and Frances McDormand. The only down side to the movie is it seems slow in parts, but that is due to the extensive character development, and plot development. If you can live through that, you are in for a wonderful film. If you get the chance to check it out, I HIGHLY recommend it. The movie is getting Nominated for Oscars, and after seeing not once, but twice I can see why. Check it out if you get the chance, you won’t be dissapointed that you did.

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