My first review!
What a disappointment! This often tops many peoples' "best of" Coen Brothers lists. When I found out we would not disembark our home for our cousins' house until another two hours and realised this film was on Netflix, I couldn't have been happier. A Coen Brothers movie? Yes please
For the entire time I spent watching the movie, I felt as if I was forcing myself to watch and enjoy it. It's stupid, incoherent and annoying.
When Herbert "Hi/H.I" McDonough (Nicolas Cage), an ex-convict falls in love with with a police officer, Edwina "Ed" McDonough (Holly Hunter), they soon find out they can't have children, so they simply swipe one of the titular Nathan Arizona's (Trey Wilson) quintuplits. Naturally, the plot twists and turns from there.
Now, by this stage, I know what you're thinking: "Incoherent? Aren't all Coen films incoherent? Isn''t that the genius of them?" And yes, you're quite right. Take "The Big Lebowski" for example. That's a story that's equally as unbelievable, and it's one of the best films I've ever seen.
"Raising Arizona" seemed to miss out on that feeling. The phrase I like to use to describe The Big Lebowski is "Coherently Episodic". Raising ARizona isn't. It's just incoherent, and episodic for that matter.
There are a few funny moments, and there are a load of terrifically-written dialogues. Particularly the scene where the F.B.I and police invade Nathan Arizona's home. That scene was great.
Other than that though, there's nothing really to it. It reminded me of mainstream comedies, such as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Three Men and a Baby", but it was these films that made me think (God forgive me) that this would have been a better film had it not been made by the Coen Brothers. BUt don't get me wrong, this, in my opinion, is their only genuine dud.