Raising Arizona ★★★★★

Edwina's insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.
-H.I.

Comedies are probably more subjective then other genres. What's funny to one, is offensive to another. What causes fits of laughter from one individual, induces eye-roles from his friend. That said, anyone who doesn't think Raising Arizona is one of the greatest comedies ever made probably didn't get enough hugs growing up.

It was Joel and Ethan Coen's sophomore outing and already they were purposely diversifying their filmography. Their first film, Blood Simple, was a great little neo-noir thriller filled with gritty characters and an even grittier plot. The obvious followup to that is an off the wall comedy with zany characters and an even zanier plot.

Even though it's the umpteenth time I've seen this film, it still holds it's magic. The pre-title sequence with it's hypersensitive camera work is simply brilliant. The "faux-sophisticated" dialogue used by the less-then-refined cast of characters is hilarious. The "Huggies Chase Sequence" is one of the greatest chase sequences in cinematic history.

As with every Coen Brothers film ever made, the cast is fantastic. The role of Ed was written for Holly Hunter and of course she's perfect in it. The directors' good luck charm, John Goodman, is memorable as usual with William Forsythe as his brother, a character that no one could possibly picture him playing today. Finally you have Nicolas Cage in what is possibly his greatest comedic performance thanks to the Coens ignoring every single suggestion he had for his character and just forcing him to do it their way. Thank God.

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