Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco and Tom Waits feature in this six-chapter Western anthology film from the Coen Brothers.
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier ... Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West." (Venice Film Festival)
Despite the snark and irreverence, genre specialists will eat up the devotion to detail here, from the relish the Coens take in writing colourful 19th century Western vernacular to the musical choices and the lovely between-acts artwork.
This is a film about America... one filled with scenes of bloody vengeance, religious zealotry, romantic idealism, slick salesmanship, incoherent ramblings and sunny optimism. It's absolutely glorious.
This is a handsomely made picture, with a richly plausible musical score by Carter Burwell; it is an old-school western in many ways and if there is something comic or self-satirising about it, this doesn't mean it is pure pastiche.
Richly entertaining and blackly funny but told with sincerity and heart, the half-dozen Western tales packed into The Ballad of Buster Scruggs show the Coen brothers loading up their six-shooter and firing barely a blank.