Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Burn After Reading

I really disliked the first half hour before slowly warming to the last hour. This is by no stretch that good but it does the job and is fun enough.

At first, Brad Pitt was über annoying but then he sort of amused me during the homestretch of his performance. Clooney was funny for the most part. Malkovich was also good. Tilda Swinton continues to weird me out though and Frances McDormand's character from hairdo on down was really annoying. J.K. Simmons pretty much made this movie with his brief role in the last third.

I liked the story and how the pieces all fit together though. In fact, the silliness of the story overcame the annoyingness of most of the characters. Not counting Intolerable Cruelty which I don't count as a real Coen Bros movie, they have sandwiched one of their best (No Country for Old Men) with their two worst, The Ladykillers and this one. I don't get it. Granted, this is way better than Ladykillers but not as good as any previous Ladykillers effort.

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Cobble Hill

1 comment:

Gamera said...

That poster is really gonna bring in the kids, eh? One of the worst of the year, fer sure.