I had actually already seen this flick but it was ages ago so it definitely needed a re-watch. Eventually, the most impressive thing about this directing debut was to see that the Coen brothers had their own style actually right from the very beginning. I mean, right from the very first minutes, with this very sarcastic voice-over, they established their very own tone and style, and 30 years later, they still have this unique touch which is quite remarkable. Obviously, since they were just starting, the scale was rather small, you just had a handful of characters, and, to be honest, the story was rather pedestrian but, like I said before, they were above all interested in the mood and they definitely succeeded in this area. The other interesting thing about this flick is how they created no character who seemed smarter than the rest, all these characters were guided by their impulse and sometimes rather poor judgement and it would definitely become another trademark in their work. To conclude, even though I don't think it really belongs among their best work, it is still a solid film noir, it is a very good directing debut and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in the Coen brothers's work.