Maybe the Coen's worst film, apt that Miles' big speech reaches the conclusion that "love is good" which I think is the name of a parody generic rom-com in The Simpsons, though this has less jokes and charm than even the trashiest of meet-cutes, and lacks anything resembling dark comedy or satire to balance the scales. Genuinely shocked by how awful this is on a rewatch.
A film that sets out to confront fascism, nationalism and features an imaginary Hitler in a prominent role shouldn't feel this cowardly.
My only consolation in my disappointment with this film is that, maybe, because it's a 12 it'll be watched by kids and serve as a springboard into not becoming a fascist. Because, in part, that's why I thought it was important for someone to make a film like this now, especially with the ways in which YouTube algorithms…
I'm a sucker for a courtroom drama, and I've recently been getting into Francis Ford Coppola's "lesser" works, and it's invigorating to see him reunited (briefly) with Mickey Rourke here, even going so far as to have some lurid fish behind him in, perhaps, a nod to their previous collaboration; Rumble Fish (my favourite Coppola film).
Alas, this one's a bit standard, it feels like Francis needed to make some money (when doesn't he?!) and his heart isn't really in…