Burn After Reading Reviews
Burn After Reading
It is a misguided feature whose actual concrete material is piled upon it's subtle tone that asks viewers to work for it and read between the line and if thought twice about it, the extracted material narrows down to a moot point. The script is dull and annoying, as one can clearly see the writers sweat behind the camera to break a smile on the viewer's face, and fail miserably in the end. The artsy factor is here is taken for granted and relies completely upon the viewers to be star struck and appreciate to whatever is offered. The Coen Brothers; the writer-director, clearly fails to implement their vision on screen and seems unstable where each individual thread of the plot track is a textbook formula of cinema. Despite of having such a powerful cast like George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins and J.K. Simmons, their barely lies a performance that demands attention or even convince for a second look. It is short on technical aspects like sound department, art design and editing. Burn After Reading is more like disappointing after experiencing for the most of the part in here is either a failed attempt to create a humorous skit with a multi-billionaire cast or just hoax.
All you can expect from the Coen brothers, stupidly funny and likeable characters that tangle by up the story in the most excentric way possible, giving us great moments with to laugh our lungs out. The endless list of stars that apear in this film have their own memorable moment.
This movie is nothing more than a pleasent treat for the Coen fans and the lovers of black humor violence.
Weaknesses: As good as the three actors mentioned above were, some of the others left me feeling disappointed. I didn't much for the scenes involving John Malkovich (Osbourne), unless it was with Pitt. The same goes for Tilda Swinton (Katie). The first act of the film is too slow paced to fully work. It's necessary to establish all the characters, but by the time they all come together to interact, it feels like you've been watching the movie for a long time. It also doesn't feel like many characters grow or learn anything. I know they made a joke about it at the end, but that doesn't change the fact that it hurts the characters.
Overall: There's a fair amount to like about this movie. It's witty and features great actors in outlandish roles. That alone is enough to make it worth a watch. The first half can be rough, but if you make it through that, the second half is rewarding enough to make this work.
This movie felt uneventful. And if you've seen it and are reading this, you'll know what a strange claim that is to make. But that's how it felt to me. I felt like it was just slowly picking up steam, but when the end credits popped up I literally asked allowed, "That's it?" And, indeed, it was.
Give this film a try if you think it might be your cup of tea, but if you don't find yourself amused or engrossed in the first half hour, just shut it off. I'm in no way saying other people haven't enjoyed this film, shouldn't enjoy this film, or won't enjoy this film. I'm just saying... I thought it was kinda meh.
[Joel & Ethan Coen]
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.