MONKEY REVIEW: Burn After Reading

December 28, 2008

burnafterreading“You’re part of a league of morons.”

The latest film from the Coen Brothers is a dark comedy about the chaos that occurs when the memoirs of an ex-C.I.A operative (John Malkovich) fall into the hands of two inept gym employees (Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt). Extortion, violence and general mayhem and confusion ensue. Burn After Reading is not up there with the Coen’s best movies, and it’s not even close to their best comedy as it’s more amusing than hilarious, but it’s still very entertaining, and gets more so as it goes along. The three principals are supported by a pretty amazing cast that includes George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Richard Jenkins, all in top form. Pitt is especially inspired here, and provides the movie with some of its funniest and goofiest moments, though Clooney features in a great sight gag involving the revelation of his character’s home made invention. All in all, Burn After Reading isn’t classic Coen Brothers, but it’s damn fun Coen Brothers, and what’s wrong with that?


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