Movie Diary 5/2/2021

The Man Who Wasn’t There (Joel Coen, 2001). I remember thinking that I didn’t quite get the Coen brothers’ neo-noir when it came out, and hadn’t seen it since. It’s very, very good. With so many big talkers in their cinematic universe, it was inspired to build a movie around a man who barely speaks. Frances McDormand has a distinctly supporting role here, but she’s extremely important to what the film is doing, especially in her final moments on screen. And Billy Bob Thornton’s hair is superb.