The Coen Bros. latest Best Picture nominee is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and you might be one of those people considering seeing it for the first time. Although I wouldn’t call it a bad movie–it’s too well-made for that–I would caution potential viewers that unless you have a really, really offbeat sense of humor, this won’t appeal to you. Of course, if you happen to be a Jew who grew up in Minnesota 40 years ago, this film will have some nostalgia value.
As the credits rolled in the theater, I said to myself, “wow, it must be nice to be the Coens and have total artistic freedom to do whatever the hell you want.” A Serious Man is an interesting example of how having won a few Oscars gives a filmmaker carte blanche, and it has a few moments, but most likely you’ll be left shaking your head at the end. In short, it’s not one of the 10 best movies of 2009.