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Burn After Reading


What a silly bunch of people. I can't say too much about Burn After Reading because I don't want to give anything away. What I will say is that the humor is so dry that it's almost non-existent. Actually, it is non-existent for the first 30-45 minutes of the movie. Then, if you don't get the joke, you won't like the movie. Throughout the entire movie you'll wonder what the hell is going on... and at the end, you'll realize that you were right all along.

My first hint as to what was going on was the score. The music is so over-the-top for what is happening in so many of the scenes, that I knew something was up with the movie as a whole, not just in that particular scene.

I have to say that with such a huge A-list cast, surprisingly, the best part of this movie is J.K Simmons and his CIA staff. Brilliant. Brad Pitt was hysterical, George Clooney over-acted his part to perfection. I really don't like John Malkovich, but this role seemed like it was written for him. Frances McDormand's cool subtlety was the perfect contrast to Pitt and Clooney's goofiness.

I will be shocked if this isn't nominated for a writing award... then again, for reasons I can't disclose, I'll be shocked if it is nominated, too. I'd like to see it again now that I know what the Coen Brothers were going for. I wouldn't call myself a Coen Brothers fan, but I did love Fargo, and this is in that vein.

Go see Burn After Reading and stick with it all the way through. It all might make sense in the end.

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