Review: Burn After Reading

Sunday, October 12, 2008



Burn After Reading is very much a comedy that only the Coen Brothers would set out to make and deliver. At times it is too smart and pretentious for its own good, but there are flashes of brilliance amidst the pedestrian directing and stale American environments.

John Malkovich and Tilda Swinton both excel in their roles as the hard-nosed couple from hell. Their relationship is far from perfect yet by the end of the film you know they are ideally suited. Those expecting a Brad Pitt vehicle will be disappointed, but for those of us following the Coen’s trail, it is another enjoyable if slightly haphazard offbeat experience.

After No Country For Old Men, arguably the only way is down, yet this is a modest dip in quality. While I still had some questions at the end about what happened to a couple of characters, it is a fun, intelligent and humorous 96 minutes in a sea of rude comedies that grace our theatres nowadays.

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