The Coen Brothers deliver another rich and dark comedy about a man losing touch with his world. It’s not laugh out loud funny, but there are consistent chuckles throughout.
Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) is not a loser, but he can’t figure out why his kids could care less him, why his wife wants to leave him, why his gun happy neighbor hates him and why god has forsaken him. He’s a man of science but even proofed mathematical equations don’t seem to help him much either. He frequently has to ask “what’s going on?”
Set in a Jewish community in 1967 suburbia (possibly Minneapolis), Larry tries to reconcile his problems by talking to a series of Rabbis, who don’t seem to provide the answers he needs. They try to explain that “stuff “ sometimes just happens.
I do get the feeling that the Coen Brothers really wanted to make a film like this because it touches on the silly nuances of life. I get the feeling they personally know people similar to the ones we see on the screen. It’s a treat, because you get the feeling you’re watching some well polished and defined performances.
It may not be their greatest accomplishments, but I would be surprised if this doesn’t show up in the best movie category at the Oscars.