Saturday, September 27, 2008

Review: Burn After Reading (2008)

Ah, I finally see this movie, after months of anticipation.

I have to say, I'm just a tad let down. Granted, it's very hard to top No Country For Old Men, and I never expected anything of that calibur, but this film lacks in some areas.

The trailer gives this vibe that Brad Pitt is the main attraction. While that's true in one respect, he doesn't get nearly as much screen time as he deserves. Pitt truly steals the show as an oblivious gym employee who gets caught up in government blackmail. He's frightfully endearing and funny. As if I could be more in love with Brad Pitt.

The rest of the cast is solid. With so many different storylines overlapping, it leaves the viewer wary of what's going on, and it threatens the movie. However, due to some ingenious film work by the Coen Brothers, there are two scenes involving David Rasche and J.K. Simmons which sums everything up nicely and saves the guesswork for the audience. Starts solid and ends solid. The middle is just a little flabby, but altogether, this is worthy of the Coen stamp.

Grade: B

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