15 September 2008 @ 7:14Burn After Reading – review

Burn After Reading is the latest movie by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. After this movie picked up its momentum about 15 minutes in, the laughs ensued and continued to the end. Burn After Reading is another great movie by the Coen brothers. In the spirit of Fargo and The Ladykillers, Burn After Reading tells the tale of a couple bumbling idiots with a plan to make some easy money by ransoming a found data disc to its owner, former CIA agent Osborne Cox. In the meantime, the lives of five individuals become seriously intertwined, or rather, messily tangled.

Most of the main actors delivered outstanding and hilarious performances, with the one exception being Tilda Swinton whose character was lacking the humor of the others, but was still well-performed. The two standout actors were John Malkovich and Brad Pitt. While George Clooney delivered, a good performance, it was nothing different than typical Clooney. Frances McDormand also turned in a great performance. Surprisingly, the few and far between scenes with David Rasche and J.K. Simmons were some of the funniest scenes in the whole movie.

There were a few awesome surprises in the movie, but I will refrain from spoiling them.

Anyway, if you are a fan of the Coen brothers’ work, then Burn After Reading is a “must see”. If you aren’t a fan of the Coen brothers, but just love a dark comedy, then I highly recommend Burn After Reading.

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