Trailer for the Coen’s ‘A Serious Man’


I’m definitely looking forward to A Serious Man because of the local flavor. It is set and was filmed in Minnesota, the home of the Coen’s. Not quite as ‘Minnesota’ as Fargo, but definitely will have a lot of the same references.

The film stars relative newcomer Michael Stuhlbarg in what could be a breakthrough performance. It also has some awards talk behind it for Richard Kind, a one-note, yet usually hilarious comedic actor. Even when the Coen’s aren’t at the top of their game, they still deliver great stuff.

The trailer premiered on Apple, which means it is not yet embeddable, but click here to take a look.

(More trailer discussion after the jump…)

This is one of the best trailers I have seen all year. It’s inventive, funny, and gives you a good idea about the tone of the film. It uses a repetitive and increasing beat, which implies that the protagonist Larry Gopnik lives a monotonous life and is at the end of his rope. We don’t really get much of a look at any of the other characters, besides a few apparent bit roles. However, there’s nothing wrong with this because nobody gives bit roles more of a chance to shine than the Coens. (Think of the gas station owner in No Country for Old Men or the guy shoveling his driveway in Fargo.)

The film will be released in the U.S. on October 2nd, 2009.


One Response to Trailer for the Coen’s ‘A Serious Man’

  1. Chris Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    Am I the only one terrified by trailers?

    Do we have to see the ENTIRE movie beforehand?

    I haven’t watched this trailer, but why is it every one of them has to show all but the last 5 minutes of the movie?

    For example, The Time Traveler’s Wife. It looks like a good date movie with two likable leads (McAdams & Bana). However, watch the trailer. Seriously. Do you not see the entire movie? I honestly wonder if them hugging at the end and McAdams pledging herself (back) to him isn’t in the last 3 minutes of the movie.

    As for this movie, too much Kind may get annoying. I know he’s in a supporting role, but one trick ponies often get old…fast.

    I still haven’t seen Burn After Reading. Why? It looked too corny and over the top. And not in the Raising Arizona way.

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