Watch: The Coen Brothers’ Netflix-produced “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” looks like a grand old time


Joel and Ethan Coen, the St. Louis Park-bred filmmakers whose films have won Academy Awards (No Country For Old Men) and cult-classic status (The Big Lebowski) alike, recently inked a deal with Netflix to create a wild new Western, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

(Read our original coverage here: The Coen Brothers are joining Netflix)

And, just before the film’s official release, the second and final trailer has hit the interwebs. Click above to watch.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The movie interweaves six anthology stories into what appears to be an homage to the Wild West both as a real, tangible piece of American history, and the mythology that has formed around it. In true Coen Brothers’ style, it seems there will also be a healthy mix of hijinks and shootouts; comedy and cadavers.

But it’s worth watching for the star-studded cast alone: Tim Blake Nelson (who has worked with the Coen Brothers before, to great effect, in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?) plays the Buster Scruggs of the title, supported by James Franco, Tom Waits, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Root, Saul Rubinek, Zoe Kazan, Grainger Hines, Harry Melling, Jonjo O’Neill, Chelcie Ross, Clancy Brown, Jefferson Mays, Willie Watson, and Tyne Daly.

The film is quite the departure of the Minnesota-bred Coen Brothers, as it marks not only the first time they’ve worked with Netflix, but also the first time they’ve ever made a film without shooting on film: Buster Scruggs was shot entirely with digital cameras.

If you can’t beat ’em, join em?

Either way, we couldn’t be more excited for this latest piece from arguably the greatest filmmakers to ever come from Minnesota.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the original trailer below:

The movie will be released in a few select theaters around the country on November 8, before becoming available on Netflix the following November 16.

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