Raising Arizona (1987) - dir. Joel & Ethan Coen

It seems fitting that the Coens would immediately start alternating between noir-esque drama and witty black comedies. And Raising Arizona is one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen. The plot is stupendously stupid, Nicolas Cage delivers his most believable performance (it’s a slightly better job than Adaptation.) and holy shit are those bit characters splendid. John Goodman & William Forsythe as the Snoats are perfect.

The only thing about comedies… is that they date themselves rather quickly. Even though this is a comedy that rarely misses… it was also made in the eighties where films generally took less punches.

8.1