The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Release year: 2018
Director: Ethan Cole, Joel Coen
Screenwriter: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Jack London (segment ‘All Gold canyon’ based on story by), Stewart Edward White (segment ‘The Gal Who Got Rattled’ inspired by story by)
Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy brown, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Harry Melling, Brendan Gleeson
An anthology movie of six stories dealing with different aspects of life in the Old Wild West.
The first anthology movie from the talented brothers leaves you thinking you wouldn’t mind many more. Because the two have definitely understood the concept of the genre and has created an anthology where each and every story not just stand find by its own, it leaves you satisfied and lingers with you afterwards. The stories are different yet similar, leaving you either lifted, sad, excited or a mixture of all as each and every one gives you what seems like a realistic impression and feel of how life was in the Old West. It was ruthless and that fits the two brothers signature blend of drama and black humour perfectly, but like their other works, Buster Scruggs is also an absolutely stunning movie with breathtaking images and a wonderful soundtrack. One can only assume, that once you have gained a reputation for making quality movies, casting becomes easier. In any case, the cast is a smorgasbord of talented actors. From Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, 2000), Gleeson (In Bruges, 2008), Neeson (Schindler’s List, 1993) and Kazan (In Your Eyes, 2014) to a surprise turn from Melling ( Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2001), every performance in the movie is spot-on and pleasant to watch. An absolute wonderful movie and a different way to watch westerns, bound to make new fans of the genre, Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a movie experience you shouldn’t miss!
Yes, that is Harry Melling in the segment called ‘Meal Ticket’, better known for playing Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter movies.