Posted on 1/30/10 09:39 PM
This is actually my favorite Coen Brother's film. Now, before you judge let me just tell you that I have seen only 2 other Coen Brother's films. The first was 1996's "Fargo". I am from Minnesota, they make fun of Minnesota. We do not have those accents, I assure you! But in all seriousness, I could care less that they make fun of Minnesota (we all must laugh at ourselves occasionally), I just wasn't a fan of the movie. I do appreciate the film, and it has begun to grow on me. I have also seen "No Country for Old Men", which a good film, but I just really enjoyed this more. "Burn After Reading" is a simple screwball comedy that is so stupid, you might not even realize it. I am not going to get into the plot of the film at all, it is way to complicated and has more 'twists' than the 1950's.
The film has a great collage of actors, starting with the wonderful Frances McDormand. She almost returns to the state trooper that she played so many years ago (minus the awful accent of course). George Cloony once again plays an idiot in a Coen Brother's film (think "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"). Brad Pitt plays one of his most likeable roles to date, playing the gum-chewing gym instructor (he actually had some of the funniest moments in the film). The cast is rounded out with Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich, both wonderful. The story in this film is excellent and ridiculous (that is a great combination). My only major concern was the ending, I was shocked when the credits started to role, I never would have guessed that was the end...I was expecting more. The score by Carter Burwell is perfect...it is loud, abnoxious, and paranoid. This is just one very enjoyable film. 3/4 Stars.