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.
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