Blood Simple. Film Review

0048_TheDeadlyTrap_DVD_sleeve.inddBLOOD SIMPLE

Director: Joel Cohen

Screenplay: Joel & Ethan Coen

Starring: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya and M. Emmet Walsh.

Certificate 18           

Running time: 92 mins

DVD & Blu-ray

Reviewed by Guy Adams

In the interest of full disclosure I love the work of the Coen Brothers. I think they make lovely, witty, beautiful films. I know not everyone shares this opinion, that is because some people have stupid eyes and shouldn’t be allowed in cinemas. A sad fact of life that is the burden of creatives everywhere. So, yes, I may be a little biased here…

But I’m right so it doesn’t matter. Blood Simple, their first movie, is an absolute masterclass of Texan Noir (note the capitals as if it’s a real genre that I didn’t just make up). A small cast of broken characters who play out their bloody Greek Tragedy (I didn’t make that one up) over a tight and atmospheric ninety minutes. Especially tight actually as this is the Director’s Cut of the film (unreleased on DVD in the UK until now). Usually Director’s Cuts are longer, footage re-inserted that was cut due to studio insistence. Not here. Here, the Coens went back to the movie and tightened it up, shortening shots and removing flab. Sigh… *wafts self in giddy admiration* they even go about the business of Director’s Cuts in a interesting way.

I rarely talk about plot (annoying I know but I think it important to give as little away as possible) and I stand by that here. For those who are unfamiliar with the film I will simply say this: it involves a misjudged affair, a broken-hearted bar owner, a deliciously grotesque private detective, three rotting fish and a spade.

Essential for anyone with taste.

Released April 15th