O brother, here we go again. The Coen boys' wry sense of humor is in clear focus in this backhanded homage to such noir classics as The Postman Always Rings Twice. Shot in atmospherically stark and stunning black and white by Coen vet Roger Deakins and packed with plenty of the duo's trademark tongue-in-cheek postmodernism, the titular Man is centerpiece Billy Bob Thornton, a simple barber who has shut off the world only to stumble from one (often bad) situation to the next.
Thornton's deadpan delivery is his best screen time yet, and it's well supported by The Sopranos' James Gandolfini and Tony Shalhoub's steamroller turn as a pricey lawyer. The tale's somewhat slow, but it's so visually engrossing you can almost forgive when the flick ventures down one too many odd side stories. Besides, when the Coens peek around a dark corner, you always know you're gonna get something worth watching.