Raising Arizona | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Tom Milne

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Raising Arizona.
This section contains 1,171 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Review by Tom Milne

Critical Review by Tom Milne

SOURCE: "Hard on Little Things," in Sight and Sound, Vol. 56, No. 3, Summer, 1987, pp. 218-19.

In the review below, Milne provides a plot summary of Raising Arizona.

Joel Coen is an original, no doubt about that. A B-movie noir with the tang of nightmare terror, Blood Simple led one to suppose that his line of descent was by James M. Cain out of the horror comics. Raising Arizona offers no grounds for changing that view, except in suggesting that somewhere back along that heritage Antonin Artaud must have bred in the bloodlines of both the Theatre of Cruelty and the Theatre of the Absurd.

More comedy than thriller, Raising Arizona at first seems far removed from characteristic Cain territory, with its tale of a latter-day outlaw who decides to settle down and become an upstanding family man. It nevertheless echoes...

(read more)

This section contains 1,171 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Review by Tom Milne
Follow Us on Facebook