by Pa Rock
The reviews, at least the ones that I read, weren't that stellar, but I went to see Burn After Reading this afternoon determined to enjoy the show - and enjoy it I did! The Coen Brothers know how to make me laugh!
Of the main players in this spy spoof (Tilda Swinton, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, and John Malkovich), there were no stand-out stars. All were endearing losers who managed to ricochet from one misunderstanding to another, all the while acquiring the necessary speed to become truly dangerous. And while none of the actors dominated the movie, all were superb.
The only irritating aspect to Burn After Reading was that it had a Coen Brothers trademark sudden ending, leaving one feeling as though the projectionist had forgotten to thread up the last reel. But, unsatisfying as Coen endings are, they are painfully realistic.
Laugh yourself weak and then take a kick to the gut - yeah, that's the ticket!