Saturday, September 13, 2008

9-13-08: Burn After Reading

Last night I went to see Burn After Reading with a couple friends. It came out yesterday and features George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and John Malkovich, and is directed by the popular Coen Brothers, who had a lot of success with No Country For Old Men, which I enjoyed seeing.

Burn After Reading has to be, in my mind, one of the toughest films to go into with any real expectations. When I checked on, it had gotten around a 75% approval rating. After seeing it, I knew exactly why. The sense of humor is not for every one, and frankly, the story is just too wild in some parts. It has a few twists here and there, but, oddly enough, they stick to reality really well. It's refreshing, but it's not something I'd necessarily want to see again.

The best part about the film, though, is how they have Brad Pitt playing a moron and George Clooney playing a womanizer. It's actually hilarious to see two very well known actors, who have done successful films together, play such oddball characters. This isn't quite a spoiler, but their screen time together is limited.

This film falls into the same category as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, in that you really need to share the sense of humor with the creators to really enjoy it.

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