This is probably not one of the Coen brothers’ better-known films, which is a shame because it is a well-constructed farce that appears to have been made 10 years too early, given that it perfectly encapsulates the wackiness of the current political arena (including the Russian element). The plot machinations are so zany that the film needs a chaser; after watching this you’ll need to follow it with a boring mainstream drama film (“Lady Bird” and their ilk) to regain some sense of normal reality.
Although all of the actors nail their performances brilliantly, the film itself is not perfect. Several of the main plot points (including the climax) happen off-screen, leading one to think that perhaps they ran out of time and/or money and weren’t able to finish shooting all of the scenes the script needed, and had to edit together what footage they had.
A remake might not be a bad idea, not only to bring it into the modern era (flash drives instead of CD-ROMs) but also to add the missing scenes that would smooth out the rough bits and make it the polished gem it deserves to be.