“It’s the tide. It’s the dismal tide. It is not the one thing.”
Includes elements that are present in so many other Coen Brothers movies — misguided ambitions, cruel fate, unexplainable evil, and a struggle for sense and decency in an indifferent, chaotic world. But none of it is funny here.
Amazed no one’s ripped this off yet. Music video by way of art film (or vice-versa), it’s as exciting and captivating as any five minutes of moviemaking that you’re likely to see in any genre.
Take the advice of Cinema Scope's Chuck Stevens:
As a matter of fact, just go watch Breakaway right now, five times, all the way through, before you do anything else with your life. Right now. Yes, it’s urgent. The rest of cinema can wait.