With Cannes 2014 only six weeks away , I thought I'd put together a list. I didn't realise how ridiculously…
The Hudsucker Proxy
They took him for a fall guy... but he threw them for a hoop.
When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries.
The frequent characterization of the Coen Brothers' movies as misanthropic is extremely misguided; while their characters are frequently dim or flat-out buffoonish, the brothers' attitude towards them is never condescending. Instead, they regard well-meaning screw-ups like H.I. McDunnough and Jeffrey Lebowski with wry affection. The villains in the Coens' universe are the cynics, charlatans and hypocrites, men in unearned positions of power who reside behind large, imposing desks. Their heroes are the dreamers and optimists, even (especially?) when they're not particularly bright.
This is especially clear in The Hudsucker Proxy, their Preston Sturges-esque comedy about Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins), a guy from the mail room who becomes the president of Hudsucker Industries after company chairman Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning) jumps…
The films of the Coens have this rare quality in them that separates them from normality. That quality in itself makes us able to suspend our disbelief and let them off the hook whenever they introduce a bit that seems out of place within the universe or genre they're working in.
As in The Hudsucker Proxy, wich always is a bit goofy but never supernatural, until late on.
THP might be far from my favourite Coen, it is none the less an entertaining tale, wonderfully cast and executed the way only the Coens can.
A slick and stylish satire from the Coens. It's a tribute to a bygone era, both culturally and in film. It owes much to classics like Modern Times, but the visuals echo Tim Burton's Batman more than anything.
With many entertaining performances it's a fun film in many aspects, and the weird Coen spark is all over the film, but mainly the movies main problem is its length. It is simply too long for its subject matter, meaning it runs out of steam before it is finally wrapped up in the end.
Still a solid film, though. The Coen bros. never ceases to entertain.
The last film that I needed to see in order to have completed the Coen brothers entire works, The Hudsucker Proxy didn't fail to live up to the lofty expectations their successes have built up for me going into any new project of theirs. As my favorite American filmmakers, it was quite surreal watching this and knowing that it was the last possible new film of theirs that I could see until they release their next one, but thankfully Proxy was a delightfully charming satire that kept a smile on my face even as the characters were falling apart.
After the head of the massively successful Hudsucker Industries commits suicide by jumping out of the top floor of their monolithic…
A lighthearted screwball comedy with winning dialogue and an excellent ending, yet it still ends up feeling a bit weak. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it. I was certain I'd love it after the opening monologue, but as it went on I... don't know. It felt a little lacking, and while some of it was fun it just didn't connect with me.
Loved the last act though; it helped it gain that extra half-star.
Goddamit, Coen Brothers, get off those goddamn drugs! Seriously, this shit is weird! The Hudsucker Proxy is permeated with an aire of pantomime, it's played over the top, note Tim Robbins' hammy performance, and just does not feel real. Especially the ending. Aw, that infamous what the fuck Coen Brothers movie ending. It's here too. While it's not the most crazy, it's pretty fucked up but I'm willing to believe since the whole damn movie was fucked up.
I will say there are plenty of names here to keep you going "oh it's him!", but I won't tell you them. Watch and be surprised for yourself. All I will say is that Paul Newman's evil businessman is epic. He's so…
This brilliant take on Frank Capra is hilarious and surprisingly mainstream, but fails because it's missing a few critical scenes between Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It's missing the scene where she finds out she cares about him, and the scene where they break up. They're obvious omissions from the "How to Write a Romantic Comedy" playbook. It robs the movie of all its heart. Despite that it's amazingly witty and worth seeing if you don't hope for too much like I did when it came out. Script by the Coens and Sam Raimi. Written ten years earlier when they were making Crimewave.
Classic Coens ... ya know for kids!
You know, for kids.
The Coens always swing for the fences and this was no exception. It's a weird movie, a little removed from reality. Sort of feels like it fell right out of the 1940s, from the It's a Wonderful Life-inspired magical scenes, right down to Jennifer Jason Leigh channeling Rosalind Russell from His Girl Friday.
This is a fantastic screenplay, and it's a whole lot of fun to watch.
Ein optisch erstaunliche, aber extrem artifiziell anmutende Ansammlung von abstrusen, oft fast ärgerlichen Darbietungen, verwoben zu einer Hommage an die Filme von Sturges und Capra. "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" etwa ist so deutlich Teil der DNA des Films, doch oft fragt man sich, ob man nicht gleich bei den Vorbildern bleiben kann. Als einmalige Erfahrung ist "The Hudsucker Proxy" zu empfehlen, für Coen-Anhänger ebenfalls - ein wirklich toller Film ist die etwas kalte Businesskomödie jedoch nicht.
I hated this one when I first saw it: "All style, no substance."
Having re-watched it I feel the same, with one caveat: the style is the substance.
Not every flick needs to be a meditation on the growing evil in the world.
Their best film.
I wish more filmmakers would engage in ambitious, well-crafted comedy like this. It seems like it's become a lost art.
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