Brilliant Trailer for The Coen Bros.’ ‘A Serious Man’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 1:52 pm,

a serious man header Brilliant Trailer for The Coen Bros. A Serious Man

Today we finally get the trailer for the Coen Brothers’ (No Country For Old Men, The Big Lebowski) newest film, A Serious Man. The difference between this movie and other Coen outings is the lack of any major stars, with just a few of those, “I’ve seen that guy in something before…” actors scattered here and there.

Before we get to the trailer, you might be wondering what A Serious Man is about. Since we haven’t covered it here at Screen Rant yet, here is the general plot:

Set in 1967, the black comedy/drama follows Larry Gopnick (Michael Stuhlberg), a Midwestern professor who seeks the advice of three different rabbis after his wife decides she wants a divorce because his inept brother won’t move out of the house. Gopnick also has to deal with a graduate student who’s trying to blackmail him, his kids who steal money from him and an anonymous letter that threatens his academic position at his university.

I might be going out on a limb here but I’d say this first trailer for A Serious Man is just about the best of the year so far. This is not what you would call your average trailer, and one that might miff anyone not “in the know” about the Coens’ work and their usual off-beat style. But its creative use of repetitious sound and imagery is a stroke of sheer brilliance. Check it out below:

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Now that’s how a movie trailer should be done! It doesn’t give all that much away but rather provides a general feel for the film, which is very Coen Brother-like. The writing/producing/directing duo took a break from their sillier black comedic ways a couple of films ago with No Country of Old Men, which, save for a few extremely dark comedic moments, was as deadly cold and serious as movies come.

The Bros. last film, Burn After Reading (which only gets more hilarious the more I view it), saw them dive straight back into the sillier and zanier side of things and it looks like A Serious Man is continuing in that vein. It may just be the devoted Coen Brother fan in me, but I think this movie looks fan-tastic.

What do you think about the first trailer for A Serious Man? Are you a fan of the Coen brothers, and if so which is your favorite of their works so far?

A Serious Man is scheduled for a limited release in the US on October 2nd, and a November 20th release in the UK, both in 2009.

Source: WorstPreviews

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  1. Absolutely fell in love with the trailer the moment I watched it, if the film is half as unique, we’ll (Coen fans) be in for a treat.

  2. looked very stupid to me. ive never liked a single one of there movies

  3. What’s up with all this limited release crap?! All that means to me is I have to drive 200 miles to see a good movie (like Moon), wasting gas and putting wear and tear on my car. I guess I’ll have to wait for the DVD.

  4. It looks decent I liked a lot of their movies, but I absolutely hated burn after reading and I hope it’s better than that. I laughed maybe three times tops during that film. The rest of the time I was bored out of my mind waiting for something and I mean anything at all to happen.

  5. Yep, you definitely went out on a limb…….

  6. hud stop trolling

    If you don’t like ANY of the Coen movies, wtf are you doing on a movie website message board?


    The trailer looks very intriguing. Doesn’t give away a whole lot, which is GREAT (that’s what a trailer is supposed to do)

  7. @ ogb

    “The trailer looks very intriguing. Doesn’t give away a whole lot, which is GREAT (that’s what a trailer is supposed to do)”

    It should also make you want to see the movie which this DOES NOT!! This is boring, disjointed, and repetetive (and I’m a fan of their work). I am scratching my head at your call on this each their own though…

  8. greenknight

    It did make me want to see the movie.

    The trailer on itself might not have worked as well without the COEN name attached to it. But if I learned anything, the COENS always put out quality work. They’ve done some of the funniest movies out there (Lebowski) to some of the most character-driven dramas/stories (No Country For Old Men).

    I trust these guys.

  9. @ ogb

    “It should also make you want to see the movie which this DOES NOT!!”

    By “you” I meant me…It makes me wish I had something to stop the seizures I feel I am experiencing when I watch this..Okay that’s a little over the top but I would rather be the guy having his head beaten repeatedly against the wall than go see this film based on THIS trailer…I hope they release a better one..

  10. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest Cohen Bros fan. I thought NCfOM was horrible and I wasn’t too impressed with Burn After Reading. I love The Big Lebowski so I’ll more than likely give this flick a shot but the trailer didn’t impress me.

  11. Loved of my favorites…liked NCFOM because I always felt tense whenever Javier Bardem was on screen..and I really like Tommy Lee matter what he is in..

  12. That rug really tied the room together.

  13. I love the trailer! It looks very much like Coen brother’s previous films, which is a good thing for me

  14. I enjoyed Fargo and O Brother Where Art Thou the most of all their movies, hated Burn After Reading, fell asleep during No Country and this new film, based on the trailer… if they put the best joke of the movie in it (‘he’s thinking’), man, it’ll rain razzies next year.

  15. @greenknight,

    Glad you said “to each their own” instead of just saying, “You’re stupid for liking it,” etc.

    Just to lay my cards on the table I think the Coen bros. are cinematic GENIUSES. And I don’t use that word lightly. EVERY single one of their movies I have at least LIKED (Intolerable Cruelty and Raising Arizona – their most overrated but still enjoyable films IMO – come to mind as their weakest) and most I have LOVED. The Big Lebowski is my favourite of their’s (also my second faourite movie of ALL TIME btw, after Pulp Fiction), Fargo I think is their masterpiece and other films like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Miller’s Crossing, No Country for Old Men, on and on, are just fantastic in my eyes.

    For the trailer for A Serious Man, I just love the repetitiveness of it, really effective IMO. Going by just that trailer (i.e. not going by the synopsis) I simulteneously get a feel for the movie and yet don’t know that much about it. As ogb says, that’s what an effective trailer should do.

  16. Made me laugh out loud anyway…

    The Dudes Abide.

  17. I’m intrigued. Will wait until video, though.

  18. very good trailer— if i didn’t know before hand it was a coen film I would know by watching the trailer.

    I hope in the future The Coen brothers team up again with John Goodman he has been a staple in their films over the years and man does he bring flavor to their films, so shout out to the Coen brothers bring John Back!!!!

  19. One of the thoughts running through my head is; hey listen up you might think Jewish people have all the advantages but the truth is, we suffer for everything we get. Well I guess that’s true but everyone suffers so get over it.

    The second thought running through my head; Hey what are these two trying to do, rip off Woody Allen or do an Homage to his work?

    Third thought actually touched on humor; Not even this guys Rabbi wants to see him. “The only therapy for a serious man… bang, bang, bang.”

    Will I see it? Yeah, the Coen brothers succeed more than they fail.