Buster Scruggs Ballad Ending Explained
Movie 2021-01-18 14:22:04
Spoilers ahead for target The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
. As I sa id in my review, The Buster Scruggs Ballad may not be the best Coen Brothers movie, but it is one that crystallizes their themes by using the western as a canvas for an exploration of morality and death. Buster Scruggs never tries to play it real like a historical western with real people, but rather presentst the western as it has been seen in film, with outsized characters against even bigger views. Through all six of Buster Scruggs" shorts, we can see the randomness of death and the iniquity of life, but in the final episode, "The Mortal Remains ", the Coens pull their way to the camera. to see a journey to the afterlife as if it were a western. "Mortal Remains " is incredibly playful as it starts to look like a stagecoach ride that slowly turns out to be a journey into the afterlife for the Frenchman ( Saul Rubinek ), Lady ( Tyne Daly ) and Trapper ( Chelcie Ross ), whose souls are harvested by the Englishman ( Jonjo O " Neill ) and the Irishman ( Brendan Gleeson ). It"s a satellite dish that wants you to know it"s a dish, and as people die in all the other short filmsages of Buster Scruggs, "Mortal Remains " is the only one where the characters are already dead. It "s pretty clear that this " s what the Coens want. They start off with a normal Western setup - a stagecoach ride - and then slowly reveal what"s really going on. The driver of Stagecoach, clad in black, is Death ("He won"t stop it," the Englishman says), the Englishman and Irishman admit to being "Harvesters of Souls", and the English is offended when they are called "Bounty Hunters" as the Trapper tries to put them in a context he can understand. Additionally, as the segment progresses, the lighting changes from a warm (life) to cold and blue (dead) glow as the souls of the French, the Lady, and the Trapper intersect. Mr. Thorpe, the body above the stagecoach, crosses too, but he lacks the smoothness of the journey. Finally, when they arrive at the hotel, theThe French, the Lady and the Trapper are nervous about entering (because it is the crossing point in the beyond and not a normal hotel as they had assumed in the "origin) and inside there is a staircase leading to a bright and invisible light.
Image via Netflix Of course, in the other shorts, most of the characters are dead - they just don"t know it yet. Buster Scruggs ( Tim Blake Nelson ) will die in a shootout; the cow -boy ( James Franco ) in "Near Algodones" will be hanged; Alice Longabaugh ( Zoe Kazan ) will kill herself. Reapers are the ones who are right to say that onlytwo types of people are "dead or alive," but that doesn"t mean they"re the only ones in the diligence who are right. The diligence members all have different philosophies. The trapper believes that everyone is the same (“like ferrets"). The Lady sees people as "righteous or sinners". The French look at the world and see the lucky or the unlucky. Moreover, the relationships that these people have are all through their perspective and ephemeral as such. The Lady sees her relationship with her husband as deep and lasting while Le Français sees it as a joke. The trapper thinks he had a relationship with a Sioux woman but they didn"t even speak the same language. What these types of conversations point out is that we are struggling to put everything in place, but we can only do the best from our own point of view. We are extremelyI"m confident about this point of view and, as the Englishman notes, “We love to hear from us. As long as the people in the stories are us, but not us. Not us in the end, mostly. We are all guilty of confirmation bias, but it will not save us. The Lady is as dead as the Frenchman who is as dead as the Trapper. That"s not to say the Coens are nihilists ("It must be exhausting," The Dude laughs when he sees the nihilist passed out in the pool of The Big Lebowski ) as much as they see a world of rapid repercussions but also random where the only certainty is death. And in this way, there is something oddly affirming life in "The Mortal Remains ". Despite all of our differing views and complete certainty, we are all going to die. It doesn"t make our lives meaningless, but we are connected in the darkest of ways. A lady who does not believewould never be the path of someone so tough that the trapper still shares the same diligence with him. They always go to the same place. It doesn"t mean they "got it", but the destination remains the same. It"s dark, it"s dark and comical, and it"s 100% Coen Brothers. "WandaVision ": Who is Strucker and what is his connection with the MCU? "It will do t I am for you. "