The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Review: Whimsical Death Looms Over the Coen Brothers’ Western

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Review: Whimsical Death Looms Over the Coen Brothers’ Western

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f I was faced with the unenviable task of recommending a single Coen Brothers film to a rookie unfamiliar with their oeuvre, I’d probably pick The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. It’s by no means their best (mainly because they’ve made such an awful lot of movies), but because it marks a point in Joel and Ethan Coen’s filmography where they can only parody their previous cinematic hang-ups a point which we want Tarantino to arrive at before he stops altogether.

(Beware, here be spoilers)

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