[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]
Miller’s Crossing (18/07/12)
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Onto my third Coen Brothers film of the year. The others being The Big Lebowski and Raising Arizona. You know what? I definitely prefer their earlier films. Not saying that their more recent ones aren’t as good. But there’s just something different about these flicks that I find myself really loving.
Miller’s Crossing is being added to the list of my favourite Coen Brothers films. I’ll be honest. I was lost in the beginning. And I’ll be even more honest. This is the second time I’ve tried to see this film. First time barely counts. I was asleep for most of it! (I did the same thing with The French Connection earlier this year.)
Second time is the charm for me. Still a bit lost in the beginning. But I stayed awake and alert enough to get past the confusion. Those Coen Brothers do like to just drop you into the action. So to speak. There’s no real introduction. You have to piece together a few things along the way. The dialogue was so very 1920s. Sometimes I had no clue what was being said. I understood more of what those wacky kids in Attack the Block were saying. All this “high hat” business. What the what?
It didn’t matter. The characters drew me into the film. I have missed seeing Gabriel Byrne in a decent film! He’s great here as Tommy. Weaving his way through the gangs to his ultimate goal. Very clever. I did not see that coming at all. Marcia Gay Harden just oozes sex appeal throughout the whole film. But through it all, Verna never loses her credibility. Incredibly strong female character.
A lot of the look and feel of this film reminded me of the brother’s remake of True Grit. Some of the visuals definitely felt familiar, from that film. Miller’s Crossing has a wonderful feeling to it. From the dialogue to the sets and the music. Sure some of the fight scenes might have been a little over the top, but wasn’t everything back then?
A great Coen Brothers film. And yes, I did catch Sam Raimi’s cameo!
Read on to see all the films watched this year…