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The Coen Brothers tell the story of an absurd yet likable family with an unproductive couple as the focal point. The couple has gotten themselves into some trouble while kidnapping a baby and give Hollywood one of the most memorable chase scenes to date.
Probably the best movie done by Nicolas Cage, together with Wild at Heart from Lynch. He should thanks those directors all days or he would't have a career..
If I never really rated Raising Arizona as highly as I did other Coen Bros. efforts, it may because it's such a screechy film. There is a LOT of comedy screaming, which I find annoying. But it's motivated by the fact the story is about stealing a baby, and in true Coens fashion, the themes run to that. It's no coincidence that John Goodman's escape convict bursts out of the muddy ground screaming, and keeps screaming as he pulls his "brother" out of the hole feet first. He's a big baby, one Nick Cage and Holly Hunter's new parents inherit at the same time as their perfect angel. They have disrupted the natural order and all hell breaks loose as a result. Dumb criminals, strange happenings, quirky characters, perfect shots… it's a Coen picture; I can't be too irritated by it no matter the volume level.
This is just another example of why I love the Coens
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