Movie: Raising Arizona (1987)

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Very interesting to watch this Coen brothers’ movie again after seeing many others over the years. It’s absolutely chock full of stuff that I didn’t recognize the first time around, much of which I recognize from movies they made later. There are even direct references to subsequent Coen movies! The slapstick comedy takes place in a dreamlike cultural amalgam of nearly shakespearean dialogue in southern hick accents, Jungian psychological struggles amongst trailer trash, and lost souls who are born and return to the womb via a sewage-filled prison escape tunnel. The time is ambiguous as well, with hair pomade and Yoda both invoked. There is even a joke referencing an 18th century mathematician. For films that often express a bleak outlook on humanity, the Coen brothers seem to have a lot of fun creating them.

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