Barton Fink (1991)

October 11, 2007

Director: Joel Coen
John Turturro – Barton Fink
John Goodman – Charlie Meadows

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer’s block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task.

Strange, strange, strange film.  It was interesting in a weird kind of way, but I don’t think it was something that I would choose to watch again.  Though don’t let me put you off, it’s a breath of fresh air and nice to be taken away from the more conventional Hollywood film.  Catch it if you want something a little bit different.  A Cohen brothers film through and through that is cast and acted well with some light and dark humour sprinkled in.