The Hudsucker Proxy ★★★★

Got this at the Warner Archive sale this month and finally showed it to Amber; I hadn't seen it in about 15 years. Still one of the few Coen movies I enjoy without reservation (broadly speaking, I'm rather skeptical of them even though on balance I at least mildly like most of their films), but it remains hugely fun despite (because of?) its liberal borrowings from Hawks, Sturges and Gilliam. Jennifer Jason Leigh is such a boundless delight here, and the whole thing is just so spirited and buoyant. Nice Wilmington location spotting in the hula hoop montage, too. Is it just me or does every pre-CGI movie that uses large-scale sets and miniatures and opticals now look incredibly expensive? More thoughtful/coherent review someday.

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