A Serious Man (2009)


“The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can’t ever really know… what’s going on. So it shouldn’t bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term. ” – Larry

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Dec 2009 and 12 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A Jewish physics professor living in suburban Minnesota during the 60’s tries to come to grips with all of the tragic moments in his life.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw when it came out and for some reason, I didn’t think so highly of it and couldn’t quite grasp how it could be considered Best Picture material.

Upon rewatching it now, I can easily say that I have no idea why I didn’t enjoy it then, because this time I absolutely loved it!

The story is expertly crafted and it all plays out so perfectly.

The characters are all really interesting to watch because many do so many unsuspecting things along the way.

This film is constantly added new surprises to us which helps reflect the idea that everything that happens to us in life is uncertain, yet we need to find a way to move along with things to help us cope.

This film’s message is quite layered and there is so much that one can take away from it which helps make this so fascinating to watch unfold.

The cast is superb to watch because they get so much right here in order to make this story feel so genuine and realistic.

On a personal note, I loved how they kept the story extremely cultural without deviating too much because it added an extra layer for me since I could understand and relate to many of the cultural ideas discussed and brought forth here.

This perhaps helped me enjoy it all even more.

Another home run for the Coen Brothers!!!

This should now make my top ten of 2009!

Bottom Line – Excellent story that plays out so perfectly. The characters are all interesting and the story is filled with so many great surprises along the way which in some ways reflects the uncertainty of things in life. The message of the film is multi-layered and one can look at it from numerous vantage points which makes it so fascinating to absorb. On a personal note, the added bonus of understanding and being able to relate to the cultural issues discussed here helped make it even more enjoyable. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Most of the doorposts throughout the movie (including the Gopniks’ and Mrs. Samsky’s) have a small box attached to them. This is a mezuzah, a case containing passages from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21), which Jews traditionally affix to the door frames of their houses as a constant reminder of God’s presence. A mezuzah also functions as a sign that a Jewish person occupies the house or works in the building onto which it is affixed, so in this movie, the frequent sight of mezuzahs on doorframes is one of many indications that most of the characters are Jewish. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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