Raising Arizona
"Sometimes life is hard on the small things"

H.I. is your typical good bad guy. You know...the ones that rob the stores repeatedly with unloaded guns. Hookers with a heart of gold. That old chestnut.

Well...H.I. has been through the clink many times and each time he falls more and more in love with the prison guard/line up photographer. Her name is Edwina and she gives our young rebel something to live for. When in love in prison H.I. realizes the walls are just a little tighter, the inmates a little uglier, and your sentence a little more like forever. On the day of H.I.'s release he walks straight into the prison line up room and proposes to Edwina.

This was one of my favorite parts of the movie. I'm not a big fan of Cage but I loved him in this role. The evolution between him and Holly Hunter was hilarious as he gets arrested over and over again. One of my favorite scenes is when H.I. finds out she is crying because her finance left her. As the cops drag him back to his sell he yells defensively for Hunter...

" That sumbitch. You tell him, I think he's a damn fool, Ed. You tell him I said so - H.I. McDonnough. If he wants to discuss it, he knows where to find me: in the Maricopa County Maximum Security Correctional Facility For Men State Farm, Road Number 31, Tempe, Arizona! I'LL BE WAITIN'! I'll be waitin'. "

After marriage the couple moves into the "salad years" of their life. Enjoying their new company, watching the sun set, and even H.I. working a steady machine job. But soon things begin to crumble as the lovers try to have a child.

"Edwina's insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase."

No baby will be made by the loins of this couple. This crushes sweet ole Edwina and slowly drives the lovers apart. H.I.'s work gets harder, the sunsets a little duller, and his wife more distant.

Mindlessly escaping through the boob tube H.I. and Ed see on the news that furniture salesman Nathan Arizona has had five little babies all at once and happily proclaims they have their hands fulls.

The cop and the criminal lovers form a plan to kidnap one of the Arizona babies and raise it for themselves.

All the quirks, laughs, and darker things that make a Coen
brother movie are here and to the max. As mentioned before Cage is surprisingly great in this movie. Stars John Goodman, William Forsythe, Frances McDormand, and of course Holly Hunter all did exceptionally quirky jobs.

I love all the risks the Coen brothers took in their early films. They have a truly original out look on film and always an interesting story to tell. Arizona is no different.

"If not Arizona, then a land not too far away. Where all parents are strong and wise and capable. And all children are happy and beloved. I don't know. Maybe it was Utah."
Reviewed by: shea
3 Comment(s)
squib said...
Yeah, you can't go wrong with the Cohen Bros. I am a pretty huge fan. I've never seen one of their movies that wasn't at least decent. Lady Killers was probably the worst one, and it wasn't really bad at all.
martha said...
this is one i've not yet seen, but i've heard great things. i think it's already in my queue... thank heavens.
Shea said...
i know Martha...i have said it once and i will say it a thousand times. Netflix is going to have to upgrade thier servers because of your overwhelming quay quays.