TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - September 12, 2018
Though their last film—2016's Hail Caesar—wasn't exactly another home run, The Coen Brothers always manage to draw interest to their films thanks to their uniqueness. The Brothers now embark on their first film for Netflix with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, set to debut on the streaming platform in November.
Originally envisioned as a six-part miniseries, the material has been condensed into a single film following the character of Buster Scruggs (O Brother's Tim Blake Nelson) as he interacts with a number of supremely strange characters in their latest Western. It's funny that my biggest gripe with Hail Caesar is that it felt like it should have been expanded into a much longer miniseries type thing as every storyline got short shrift in a two hour movie.
I can't imagine this film, which actually began life as a miniseries, is going to overcome that same issue. However, if anyone can make it work, it's The Coen Brothers. Check out the synopses for each segment of the film below, and tune in when The Ballad of Buster Scruggs debuts on Netflix and in select theaters on November 16.
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
Tim Blake Nelson (Buster Scruggs)
Willie Watson (The Kid)
This first segment finds Tim Blake Nelson playing a sharp-shooting songster.
James Franco (Cowboy)
James Franco’s wannabe bank robber gets his due and then some. And just a little bit more for good measure.
Liam Neeson (Impresario)
Harry Melling (Artist)
Lugubrious dark humour pervades the Liam Neeson starrer Meal Ticket, a gothic tale about two weary travelling performers.
“All Gold Canyon”
Tom Waits (Prospector)
Tom Waits mines a rich seam of humour.
“The Gal Who Got Rattled”
Bill Heck (Billy Knapp)
Zoe Kazan (Alice Longabaugh)
Grainger Hines (Mr. Arthur)
Zoe Kazan finds an unexpected promise of love, along with a dose of life’s cruel irony, on a wagon train across the prairies.
“The Mortal Remains”
Brendan Gleeson (Irishman)
Tyne Daly (Lady)
Jonjo O’Neill (Englishman)
Saul Rubinek (Frenchman)
Chelcie Ross (Trapper)
Ghostly laughs haunt this segment as Tyne Daly rains judgment upon a motley crew of strangers undertaking a final carriage ride.