FILM REVIEW – “Burn After Reading” (Directed by The Coen Brothers – 2008)

January 13, 2010

Rating: 4.5/5

You never know what you’re going to get when it comes to a Coen Brothers film, but in the case of Burn After Reading, you’re getting a delightfully funny, yet dark film with a fantastic cast that is likely to suck you in with its ever-evolving and interconnecting narrative.  It all begins with a CIA agent getting fired from his job.  His marriage is falling apart, as his wife is having an affair with a fellow CIA agent, who himself is also married and is having other affairs as well.  Anyway, the first CIA guy begins to write a memoir, but then it somehow gets into the wrong hands, the hands of someone who wants money and likes blackmail, plastic surgery, and dating men who have multiple affairs at the same time.  Money, affairs, blackmail, and a memoir: the basis of Burn After Reading.  All of these elements are muddled up in jumbled storyline, but come together in an incredibly clever and viewable way.  Again, the cast is fantastic: John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney…all very versatile and prolific actors.  They gel incredibly well, which is typical in a film by the Coen Brothers, a team which continues to prove itself as one of the most innovative in modern cinema.

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