Larry Gopnick (Michael Stuhlbarg) is a professor waiting for his tenure. But his life starts to come apart at the seams when his wife (Sari Lennick) tells him she wants to leave him, his brother (Richard Kind) won’t move out of Larry’s house and Larry’s boss tells him that there seem to be some hickups with his tenure application.
The Coen Brothers are a little hit and miss with me… every other film I really like, the others don’t do much for me. Since I really loved Burn After Reading, A Serious Man was supposed to be a miss again. And it stuck to that rule.
There’s no doubt that A Serious Man is a good movie. It’s beautifully crafted, very well acted and has a good soundtrack. But it just didn’t do anything for me. I like dark humour, but most of the “jokes” I just didn’t find funny. [Though I did laugh a couple of times.]
The story itself… I couldn’t really connect to it. It had nothing to do with me. And I don’t mean that every story has to be about me and my life, but I need a point of connection, identification (for a lack of a better word) that I just didn’t get here.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed Michael Stuhlbarg and Fred Melamed (and Simon Helberg‘s mini-role/cameo). And I didn’t get bored, I was more bewildered most of the time.
I also really loved the prologue, even if I’m not at all sure how it relates to the rest of the story.
What can I say? If you like Coen Brothers movies, you’ll like this one. If you don’t, you won’t. If you’re like me, you’ll wait for the next one. And if you’ve never seen a Coen Brothers movie before, this might not be the right place to start.