Netflix is an amazing streaming service with countless movies and television shows to keep one stimulated with content for months on end. Last year Netflix would end up delivering two films to the public that were regarded at the Oscars; the Oscar-winning film, Roma, and the Oscar-nominated movie, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
I haven’t seen Roma yet but I did watch The Ballad of Buster Scruggs after my mother saw it and said it was a must-see. And when I learned that Joel and Ethan Coen– writers/directors of Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men–had made it my intrigue rose considerably. Sure enough, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen.
It tells six stories over a two hour and thirteen-minute runtime that range from cynically comedic and disturbingly dark to rivetingly triumphant and slightly horrifying. Joel and Ethan Coen take their brilliant genius of storytelling back to the Old West in a stunning fashion that leaves one reeling by the film’s conclusion.
I love Westerns and this movie reminded me why. No Country for Old Men is my favorite movie of all time and The Ballad of the Buster Scruggs is definitely another film I will add to My Favorites list.
It’s also a rather interesting movie because it’s, in part, a musical as well. But don’t let this make you depict a film that is on part musically with films like An American in Paris or The Wizard of OZ. It may feature some singing but it isn’t at all composed in the classic veins of a musical. Not at all.