Excerpt: I had high expectations for Burn After Reading. I heard so many good things about it and the trailer admittedly looked funny. Maybe that's why I felt like I was let down. It wasn't a bad movie, it's just that there was so much going on that I got a little confused.
Excerpt: If you've seen Burn After Reading, then you know exactly what kind of humor I like. I'm a fan of the Coen Bros., and I'm excited for their latest film 'Inside Llewyn Davis'. So with that said, why not review some Coen Bros. movies?
Summary: For every No Country for Old Men they deliver, the Coens create a Burn After Reading - a cynical, madcap comedy featuring a variety of eccentric characters born out of the screwball comedy genre.
Excerpt: Two gym employees try to blackmail an ex CIA agent in the mistaken belief that they have stumbled on some sensitive material and wackiness ensues. Burn After Reading I think was trying to recreate the marriage of witty comedy and bleak criminality of Fargo but somehow they don't sit together...
Excerpt: Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) resigns as a CIA analyst. In effect, Katie (Tilda Swinton) tries to file divorce. Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney) dates Linda since his divorce is being processed. Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) calls Osbourne about documents left, which are his memoirs.
Summary: The Coens deliver their (un)usual brand of comedy in full force. It balances out an ensemble cast of characters (all varying degrees of dumb), while delivering a complex story that all comes together in the end.