Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Movie Review: Burn After Reading


So was nothing profound about Burn After Reading whatsoever (no matter what anyone may tell you), no deep intellectual exploration or stark and demoralizing realization that somehow has already come to the rest world but when the protagonist suddenly realizes it it's some huge revelation (ahem, No Country For Old Men).

No, Burn After Reading is none of that. But it's funny. Damn funny. And, being the resident masters of dark comedy, it's a movie that only the Coen Brothers could make. In what other film could the entire audience laugh as someone is brutally murdered with a blunt hatchet? It happens, trust me.

Like all good directors and all good scripts, one of the best things about this movie are the subtleties. How funny small little actions by the characters become. Case in point, Brad Pitt (in a hilariouos role) trying to remember to squint his eyes and look intimidating. Watch the movie and you'll know what I mean. (He thinks it's a Schwinn!)

And while this movie isn't the Coen's Brother's best nor even one of the year's best, it is definitely enjoyable and, perhaps most importantly, it's uniqueness and originality makes it stand out from the dismal landscape of Hollywood sequels and remakes.

3.5/5

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