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Monday, 29 October, 2001, 11:50 GMT
The Man Who Wasn't There: Your views
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton plays a barber in the leading role
The Coen brothers are arguably two of cinema's greatest talents, having directed, written and produced films such as The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Their new film, The Man Who Wasn't There, is a black and white crime thriller starring Billy Bob Thornton.

"While they (the Coen brothers) have yet to top their 1996 classic Fargo, this marvellous crime thriller is certainly the best thing they have done since then," wrote the BBC's Caroline Westbrook.

But what do you think?

Is this one of their best films? Should Thornton be nominated for the best actor Oscar?


Not sure about this one. I'm a huge Coen brothers fan, but this film seems to lack that certain spark that makes their previous films such wonderful entertainment. The acting is superb though, especially Billy Bob, and the photography is stunning. Definitely worth seeing, but I think a number of people will be left thinking, "So what?"
Martin, UK

The film is good but the ending is a let down. Style amazing, especially those new to viewing the Coen brothers work.

I was one of those people who could not see why Fargo won such critical acclaim. This film has not promised to deliver in the same way but is still disappointing.
Seth Navabi, England

The Coens are the only people still enraptured by the magical possibilities of the cinema. I sat mesmerised - just as I did when I first saw Miller's Crossing. Thornton doesn't need another Oscar.The privilege of being in this film is accolade enough.
Robert del Valle, USA

After the flamboyance of their last two outings it was refreshing to see a more understated affair. More than noir and beguiling.
Caoilte O'Connor, UK

At first glance, The Man That Wasn't There may seem like an overproduced (more expensive) and highly-stylised noir thriller for middle-aged heady Hollywood types, not unlike Blood Simple in plot development or Hudsucker Proxy in satire. However the subtlety of the film and the character Ed underline a much more significant message that is worth a second and third viewing. As far as the Coen brothers go, they are quietly building a catalogue of films that put them amongst the titles Kubrick and Bergman.
Michael O, USA

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