Sunday, September 14, 2008
GETTING BURNED FEELS GREAT
BURN AFTER READING, the new film from the Coen Brothers, is yet another gem from this wacky duo. A verrrry dark and caustically funny espionage satire, the film cleverly mixes all the elements that the brothers love and are famous for: violence, sex, bleak social commentary, inspired humor, and bizarre plotting. It's not their best film but it's a damn good one, and I laughed out loud repeatedly. All of the performances are dead-on, with Brad Pitt (as the biggest idiot you've ever seen) and John Malkovich really owning the film. Everyone in this film is either an idiot or worse, and the lunatic humor that floats around the script perfectly matches the playful attitudes of the cast. My full review will appear soon, but the film is yet another winner from the Coens, and a further reminder that they are two of the most creative and interesting individuals working in Hollywood.