On the whole, Letter Never Sent is a terrific film. The direction is assured, the performances range from serviceable to excellent (there is an oddly performed dance scene in the rain that seems somewhat out of place), and the film offers up an immediate sense of foreboding not unlike Kubrick's The Shining. But it is the camera work, editing, and practical stunts that stand out for me. The film work and editing in particular are singular and striking; they are…
I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.
The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…
This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.
I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…