Burn After Reading
BURN AFTER READING (15)
D: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Focus Features/Relativity Media/Studio Canal/Working Title (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
USA 🇺🇸 2008
W: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
DP: Emmanuel Lubezki
Ed: Roderick Jaynes
Mus: Carter Burwell
George Clooney (Harry Pfarrer), Frances McDormand (Linda Litzke), John Malkovich (Osbourne Cox), Tilda Swinton (Katie Cox), Richard Jenkins (Ted Treffon), Brad Pitt (Chad Feldheimer)
It could easily be said of all their works, that if you're not a fan of the Coen Brothers movies, you probably won't like them. They seem to be the masters of the shaggy dog story, but their films are likely to infuriate just as equally as they will entertain.
Burn After Reading is a black comedy which follows an unusual and complicated plot in the world of the CIA, paranoia and espionage.
It isn't quite up to the usual standards of Coen Brothers films, but still makes an amusing black comedy/satire about both the incompetency of the government and the price people pay for plastic surgery.
The acting is particularly good from the main members of the cast and there's enough here to satisfy the Coen Brother's biggest fans, though those who aren't too familiar with their work will see this as a 96-minute waste of their time.