Burn After Reading Reviews
So basically, it's a good film you should check out, it's just not the film for me, I hated the story, I hated the characters and I hated the ending. It just does horribly in mixing comedy and drama in my opinion.
I found myself enjoying this Coen Brothers comedy flick. It's got some good jokes and an amazing cast, even if it's ultimately rather shallow and empty.
The performances were all great, but Brad Pitt stood out because he was so over the top. Frances McDormand was hilarious, and her matter-of-fact delivery made it all seem weirdly realistic despite the nuttiness of everything that was happening. But my favorite scenes by far were the couple of scenes with JK Simmons. He presented such a great range that perfectly summed up all that had come before. It was awesome having those moments where everything is explained, but then I had the realization that it sounds ridiculous to an outsider (like Simmons' character) who doesn't know how it all started.
The setup in the first act was probably the weakest part of the film for me. While I appreciated all the back story so that I could comprehend what was going on, it took so long for the different character stories to intersect that I wondered if it was ever coming. The second act is where things escalate for all the characters and stories start to collide. I thought the humor really picked up here and it didn't let up until the very end. I have a sneaking suspicion that, with a few more views, this could easily become my favorite Coen comedy.