A Serious Man

A Serious Man

In Theatres: 
Oct 02, 2009

The Coen brothers are at it again with A Serious Man; a film about finding oneself and learning how to make the right choices…at least I think so.

It’s 1967 and things are falling apart for Larry Gopnik. His wife is leaving him for another man, his brother is sleeping on his couch, and his kids continue to be disciplinary nightmares; the list could go on and on. Looking for answers, Larry turns to his Jewish faith and talks to multiple rabbis in hope of finding some clarity.

First off, if you’re not Jewish, then there will be plenty of references that you will not get. Still, it’s rather easy to understand what’s going on in the film and there are some jokes scattered throughout that will make you laugh. Problem is, A Serious Man goes absolutely nowhere and doesn’t do anything for the audience.

If you’re looking for entertainment, this is not your movie. If anything, it’s one filled with hidden messages and symbolism around every corner. Then again, there is buildup throughout the entire film. You continue to see this man take blow after blow, only to be put in a place worse than before. Then, when it finally looks like there’s going to be change, it ends. And this isn’t some normal ending with a conclusion of sort. No, it’s a “looks like we ran out of film so let’s just call it quits” type ending that succeeds in making everyone angry, rather than satisfied.

A Serious Man is a film for the serious. If you’re looking for entertainment, there practically is none. You're either going to love it or hate it; there is no middle ground. Rather than being a deep thinker, it’ll make you think about how much you want it to be something it’s not. Frankly, aside from a few laughs here and there, you’re left with a unsatisfied feeling as you leave the theater. 

Matt Rodriguez
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