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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.
I'd like a tickbox when I do Letterboxd reviews marked 'This review isn't really about this film at all and is of no use to you at all if you were looking for an opinion on this film'. I would probably end up ticking that a lot.
I would definitely have been in with a great chance of ticking that box with The Hudsucker Proxy - and I think I would have been considering doing it after just a couple of minutes of Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance. I would like to know at what point she is going to be recognised as the outstanding actor that she is…
The minor works of some directors could just be the masterpieces of other filmmakers, and The Hudsucker Proxy is just another proof of how good and talented the Coen Brothers are. I'm aware that this might not be for everyone, but I'm sure that Joel & Ethan Coen's hilarious satire on American industry & dream will please most of their regular fans as it's a continuously fun and eccentric ride that shows some of the Coen Brothers' best qualities as film directors and writers, which means that The Hudsucker Proxy is far from being as bad as most critics say.
Following the suicide of Waring Hudsucker, president of the Hudsucker Industries, his team of directors, headed by Paul Newman's Sidney Mussburger, engenders…
"You know, for kids!"
Misunderstood period comedy from the Coen brothers which was panned on its release. While it's certainly not up to the standard set by the duo's other works, it's also much better than critics would have you believe. Great unity of visual composition (the shots of the Hudsucker board room and the mail room as well as the shot straight down the front of the building are all structurally identical), and Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh are a delight.
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.
If I had to guess, this would probably be the third time that I have seen The Hudsucker Proxy. If I had to guess again, prior to this rewatch I probably would have said that this is a 4/5 film, should I have been asked about the quality of this film, at say a dinner party, or soiree. Now though, with the light of the film having just left my eyes, I see this as a major misfire.
Apparently this script was written back in the mid-80s by the Coens and Sam Rami, and it definitely feels like the work of younger filmmakers. The story is there, but there is no life, or pizzazz to it. The good hearted protagonist…
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…
A weird hybrid of Brazil and It's a Wonderful Life with only some of the genius that makes either of the films what they are. This is a film that does have heart, as the central relationship between Norville and Amy is developed well, but the Coens seem so anxious to demonstrate their wit that they frequently undercut it with tired and half-baked satire that says little about business or about the nature of the modern world.
The actors do certainly do well with what they are given. Robbins does carry the film reasonably well; he does come off as irritating at times but in general he is sweet and funny enough, especially through his facial expressions, to provide a…
Far from perfect, but I can't help but get some enjoyment out of a screwball comedy written by the Coen's and Sam Raimi.
Style over substance? Perhaps. But when the style is this good, and when there's so much of it, who's complaining?
THE HUDSUCKER PROXY is another Coen Brothers film which has benefitted from a second life in home cinema. At the time of its release, it was the Coens' biggest film, the first to nab true A-list movie talent like Paul Newman. But, with lacklustre box office and mixed reviews, it was also considered by many to be their first flop, an "emperor has no clothes" moment worthy of the fall from grace experienced by Norville Barnes in the film. Even I, though generally liking it, had it remembered in my head as a lesser effort from Joel & Ethan Coen, given that it falls under the "screwball comedy" category I have mentioned before as being the version of the Coens I…
PROS: A great Jennifer Jason Leigh performance as well as some glorious set design.
What... what even is this movie?
Honestly, bravo to the committed performances (Jennifer Jason Leigh, as per usual, is FIRE), considering just about everyone looks like they're on the set of a Tim Burton directed 1984 adaptation.
Look, the over-the-top characters are fun, the heart is worn on its sleeve, and the 40s-style dialogue moves it along at a nice clip. Plus there's a certain novelty to knowing that the Coen Brothers have never and will never make something this fucking ludicrous (even for them) ever again.
It's a charmingly fun Old Hollywood screwball comedy with a screw loose -- it's hard to believe that this thing even came to be but hell, here it is in all its glory:…
Another surreal Coen Bros. film.
With excellent acting, twisty writing, and hot characters - The Hudsucker Proxy is a strange, but PLEASANT, GOOD TIME.
Unique message on idiotic company owner meets bizarre romance, the whole film is just a bizarre representations of idiots running things. Is that the American Dream? No? K.
Definitely the most underrated Coen film.
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