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500 Five-Star: Blood Simple (1984)

August 23, 2012

I’d seen Blood Simple before, probably about five years back, and I remembered thinking it was pretty good.  Not my favourite Coens film, but a solid entry in their back catalogue.  Watching it again, I realise that I have been massively undervaluing it all this time.  Blood Simple, especially when you consider it was the brothers’ debut film, is actually a bit brilliant.  It has all the hallmarks of classic Coen: visually inventive, with an intelligent and quirky screenplay, memorable characters, and a storyline which gets under your skin way more than you might expect.  Frances McDormand, in the lead female role, is wonderful (and insanely young), and to top it all off, there’s a magnificent buried-alive sequence which wouldn’t be attempted by most seasoned directors, never mind a couple of young upstarts.  A must-see.



It’s the Coens, ergo, it’s awesome.


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