This film has earned its spot as one of my favorite Coen Brother films. The film isn't trying to be realistic like some Coens work but it is symbolic and characters represent different types of people. The movie is about how life doesn't always work out the way you have planned. Sometimes, you will settle for less because it is better then nothing. Billy Bob Thornton gives a spectacular performance as the barber, who lives a plain and simple life, (the movie is in black and white) one day he sees an opportunity to do better for themselves and things go awry. The acting, directon, script, camerawork are all perfect in this film. It is deep and sort of sad but will not leave you heart broken. It is a sort of fantasy story that show how life sometimes ends up in a more ruthful way then most movies do. Frances McDormand is fantastic as is the beautiful Scarlet Johanson. It is hard to talk about this movie without giving away how things happen as things change throughout so I will leave you with this, if you are a Coen fan you should love this movie, and if you are not afterwrds you should become a Coen fan. If you do not fall into one of these two categories...you have a problem. Comment and we'll talk about it.