With “Inside Llewyn Davis” hitting theaters soon and a TV show based on “Fargo” coming next year we thought it would be a good idea to reflect on the Coen brothers and their characters. All of them are pretty colorful and can have doctoral dissertations written about them but we chose to take one of our favorite characters and write a piece on them.
Tom chose Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men” and I chose Walter Sobchak from “The Big Lebowski”. Both of them are interesting characters in their own right, and with the analysis we did on them we discovered stuff we didn’t even know about them.
The Coens have such a style that practically demands each and every one of their characters be given proper development in the story no matter what their screen time is. But even so the characters cannot be represented fully in a 2 hour movie which is where we come in. It seems pointless to analyze characters that are so vivid and entertaining but doing it is very satisfying.