Burn After Reading – Review
The latest Coen brothers movie Burn After Reading was not what I was expecting. Â I have a theory that the Coen’s each write their own style of movie and then decide to just make whichever is ready first. Â Their movies are easily placed into two groups. Â For sake of argument, lets say Ethan writes movies like Miller’s Crossing,Â Fargo, Â The Man Who Wasn’t There, and No Country For Old Men; while Joel writes movies like Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, and Burn After Reading. Â For this reason, it’s tough to know exactly what you are in for with a Coen brothers movie and that is a great idea on their part.
I would hazzard a guess that anyone who likes the movies I attribute to Joel will really enjoy Burn After Reading. Â It’s fantastic and wity and full of surprises and topped off with a fantastic cast playing great roles. Â I wasn’t sure about Brad Pitt in this movie from the previews, but he really pulls off this impossibly dim gym trainer who finds a CD of files and thinks he can get a reward for returning it to the owner.
Without spoiling anything, there are several parts that just work and become hilarious as you watch it. Â I don’t know if it’s specifically the writing or also how it’s shot that really makes it go beyond a simple comedy, but in my opinion it certainly does.
Rating: Definately worth seeing, if not in the theatre, at home will work just as well.