In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task.Written by
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One thing is for certain: Barton Fink is a very original movie. The film is shot in an appealing fashion, with excellent lighting and set design. The acting is very good, especially John Goodman's performance. The story is simple, provocative, and layered with meaning that runs much further than skin-deep. The movie is not wrapped up neatly in the end and spoon fed to the audience, which can prove to be both compelling and frustrating. Many questions are left unanswered in the end. The Coen brothers' supernatural touch adds another dimension to the film. This is a subtle film for the most part, but it seems to me as if there are too many shots of Barton staring off into space, and not enough of the "good stuff." A worthwhile film, nonetheless.
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