esquire.com – Matt Patches
Joel and Ethan Coen make genre movies that don’t look like genre movies. No Country for Old Men modernized and moralized the Western. Inside Llewyn Davis was a musical biopic for a musician who never existed. Their under-appreciated laugh riot Intolerable Cruelty rewound the rom-com to its screwball roots. And while it’s full of quirk, character, and bowling, The Big Lebowski is classic noir, twisting and turning as The Dude descends into mystery. By latching on to classic storytelling blueprints, the Coen brothers can conjure up the oddest subversions without losing the audience. In our guts, we know how the movie will operate. Or we think we do.