The Coen brothers are back in this noir-period piece set in 1940s Pasadena, California, lengthening their subscription to the claim that among all the hacks in the business today, they can truly be called artists.
There is no femme fatale in The Man Who Wasn’t There, but all the other noir props are there, supported by a solid plot, trademark Coen humor, and smart dialogue.
Woody Allen hasn’t been able to project into the past this well in years. Highly recommended for Coen fans and newcomers alike.
Think rating: Gourmet Gummy Bears.