alex todd 🧟♂️’s review published on Letterboxd:
Sam Raimi knocked it out of the park with this. You can really tell that he was friends with the Coens because you can see the influence there.
What this has that I think few Coen brothers films have though is genuine emotion. The performances by the actors are really strong here. Billy Bob Thornton shows why he is such an underrated actor playing a character who you feel sympathy for despite some terrible actions.
The story in itself is about greed and how money can cause real pain. What I found most interesting is how the character of the wife says she wouldn’t have taken the money but then becomes the most greedy. I realised about halfway through that it was always her ideas that caused bad things to happen.
All the technical aspects are done extremely well, Danny Elfman’s score stood out to me most. Sam Raimi is an extremely talented director, The Evil Dead trilogy might be my favourite of all time, I can’t wait to see more from him.