Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Coen Brothers labour of love arrives on Netflix after a long gestating development extending back over 20 years. The problem is that The Ballad of Buster Scruggs just wasn’t worth it. Disjointed with no real through line, Scruggs is neither clever, funny or weird enough to warrant its over long run time, over indulgence or lack of discipline on display here. Yup the cast are predictably good but the film seems pretty flat and televisual (which is what the film was originally destined for) and has no real bite. Sadly a rare Coen Brothers miss.
Best Bit: The Buster Scruggs sequence
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream
If You Liked this Try: O Brother Where Art Thou?, True Grit, The Three Amigos
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Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…