Never before have I seen a film that so nostalgically captured the wonder, horror, thrill and selfishness of conquering the old west than in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” The Coen Brothers masterfully create a series of vignettes that examine why we felt such a strong desire to head west when it more-or-less meant doom and despair. Each short film feeds off of a longing to be better than who we were and all the beautiful and ugly forms that can take. As far as anthology films go, this is one of the more reflective. It is sometimes hilarious in that dry yet witty-Coen way, while other times heart wrenching and cold, but it is always an homage to a simpler yet uncivilized way.
Final Grade: A-