Tremendous talent in front of and behind the camera, but it just doesn’t come together.
The characters should be funny, but they don’t connect.
The actors all perform their hearts out, but don’t suit their roles, and have zero chemistry.
The script is funny, but none or the jokes land.
Deakins is the best cinematographer alive, and it’s gorgeous, but he doesn’t fit the material. Rich, dark colours and lighting…but it doesn’t do anything for the story. It’s an extremely silly comedy that looks exactly like ‘No Country for Old Men.’
Coens can obviously direct, but their understated style can’t work if what’s on screen isn’t inherently interesting or funny.
You can tell everyone knew it wasn’t working, but we’re too uncomfortable to say anything. So let’s all just take a mulligan on this one and pretend it never happened.