Monday, October 11, 2004

The Hudsucker Proxy

I'm a big fan of the Coen brothers but for some reason I had never seen their film The Hudsucker Proxy. (I think it may have been that name. What a horrible name for a film.) Well, I finally saw it tonight and I belly laughed through most of it. Stylistically it's a cross between Terry Gilliam's Brazil and a Frank Kapra movie. I'm one of the rare movie buffs that didn't love Brazil, so don't let the comparison scare you away. Hudsucker has all the visuals with more heart.

The entire cast is great. I especially like Jennifer Jason Leigh's 'girl-friday' character. Her fast staccato dialog delivery is perfectly retro. My favorite line in the whole film is her pumping up Tim Robbins character by extolling the virtues of his recent invention, the hula-hoop.

Finally there would be a thingamajig that would bring everyone together, even if it kept them apart spatially.
It may not be funny in print but she delivers it very humorously.
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