Thursday, September 17, 2015

Raising Arizona (1987)

Often after a big successful debut, a filmmaker will be faced with a dilemma. How do you follow up something that was almost universally praised? Do you play it safe and do another film that's really similar? Or do you take a chance and try something different? Thankfully The Coen Brothers tried something different with Raising Arizona because I'm really not a big fan of Blood Simple.

While their debut film is far from awful, it really doesn't feel of a piece with the rest of their work. Raising Arizona is where they really found their "brand". Most any film student could make Blood Simple. Only Joel and Ethan Coen would throw a George Miller-esque apocalyptic biker into a screwball comedy about bank robing and well intentioned kidnapping and make it work. God bless them for that.

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