Monday, December 1, 2008

Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

Our 10SecondReview

Burn After Reading:8/10. Hilarious, sharp and original.A brilliant snapshot of a mad world.Understated Simmons is a hero.Coen's on a roll.

Our 90SecondReview

This is a bloody good film! But it seemed to pass under the radar a bit. Was it just me or did hardly anyone see it?

It could be because it's a very unconventional film. If you're anything like me you'd have seen all the publicity and wondered what it was about. This is probably the problem. I love the film but I have no idea how to sell it! But that is it's joy: it's a glimpse into a mad story filled with stupid people who don't know what they're doing.

J.KSimmons (our man of the match) sums the whole thing up wonderfully when he says: 'report back to me when er...i dunno...when it makes sense.' Here's that brilliant scene.

Another possible reason for the films quiet entry and exit from the cinemas could be because the Coen's are knocking out films all over the gaff. They've only just finished the masterpiece that is No Country For Old Men (review to follow?) and frankly I don't know how they do it! So with all eyes still on that film, it could have contributed to Burns mute coming and going.

It's shot intelligently and interestingly but it's the cast that really make it. George Clooney is the sex, exercise and wooden-floor obsessed man living the life of riley. Some people have said that this film is further evidence of Clooney's lack of diversity. Their argument is that he can only play swaggering gods-gift to women characters but hey- if it works as well as this then who cares!?

Pitt is also great, especially !SPOILER! his cheeky grin just before he's shot in the face. It shouldn't be funny should it- someone getting a face full of led? But it's the Coen brothers and it IS.

Overall: 8/10. A sharp satirical snapshot of a secret service that we all hope and pray is fiction!

1 comment:

Joe Tidy said...

Ok so we've just been debating it here. Apparently the film came number one in the US box office and was the Coen's second biggest opener.

Still! Not many people were taking about it like other hits.