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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Coen Brothers are headed back to the genre they’ve already handled so lovingly a couple times before: the Western. However, while their previous outings were deadly serious, their new film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, looks to be delightfully quirky.

Netflix has just released the new trailer for the upcoming flick, and while it doesn’t really do much of a job getting the plot and story across (the film is set to be a series of anthology shorts), it does a great job of delivering a fun, goofy sense of humor. If you’re new to this rodeo, below are the titles and cast of each segment.

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
Tim Blake Nelson (Buster Scruggs)
Willie Watson (The Kid)

“Near Algodones”
James Franco (Cowboy)

“Meal Ticket”
Liam Neeson (Impresario)
Harry Melling (Artist)

“All Gold Canyon”
Tom Waits (Prospector

“The Gal Who Got Rattled”
Bill Heck (Billy Knapp)
Zoe Kazan (Alice Longabaugh)
Grainger Hines (Mr. Arthur)

“The Mortal Remains”
Brendan Gleeson (Irishman)
Tyne Daly (Lady)
Jonjo O’Neill (Englishman)
Saul Rubinek (Frenchman)
Chelcie Ross (Trapper)

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The overall synopsis for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is below:

“If you want to fathom the bottomless well that is the Coens’ imagination, look no further. As storytelling goes, this is wildly idiosyncratic, undeniably hilarious and often touchingly melancholic – a cinema-brio study of the American West. Every delectable chapter presents a different story from the wild frontier, with tone and style perfectly calibrated for each tale. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs finds Tim Blake Nelson playing a sharp-shooting songster. In Near Algodones, James Franco’s wannabe bank robber gets his due and then some. And just a little bit more for good measure. Lugubrious dark humour pervades the Liam Neeson starrer Meal Ticket, a gothic tale about two weary travelling performers. Tom Waits mines a rich seam of humour in All Gold Canyon, while Zoe Kazan finds an unexpected promise of love, along with a dose of life’s cruel irony, on a wagon train across the prairies in The Gal Who Got Rattled. Finally, ghostly laughs haunt The Mortal Remains as Tyne Daly rains judgment upon a motley crew of strangers undertaking a final carriage ride. Exquisitely shot by Bruno Delbonnel and intricately designed by Jess Gonchor (with art department contributing stunning colour plate intertitles that introduce each sequence), this is one for true connoisseurs. Bedtime stories for cinema lovers.”

This film is especially interesting in that it actually started off as a limited series before the Coens opted to shop it down to a film, so I can’t help but wonder how well it holds up as a movie. This is also a movie Netflix seems keen on pushing for awards come Oscar season.

Do you think it stands a chance? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Netflix

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.