The Ballad of Buster Scruggs ★★★½

Garish color timing (and an off-putting color shift shift in the final act), harsh lighting, and production design that's a bit too pristine give this film a slightly artificial, amateurish feel. As for the stories, they vary widely in tone and quality but generally improve as the movie progresses. I found the first two tales to be subpar and the third to be interesting but clunkily edited. The penultimate vignette, though, is very well-done and the finale is fitting given the rest of the film's themes.