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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Movie Review: Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading (2008)
Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Starring George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton 

The Storyboard
A sacked low clearance level CIA agent lost a CD containing notes for his memoir. Two gym employees found the CD and were eager to sell this "top-secret". Both the Russian embassy and the CIA got involved, without really knowing why themselves.


About
(I) The Script: A dark comedy that made fun of the US Americans, the CIA and cheating spouses. There was an underlying message: a person who believes and work towards their goals would achieve it one day.

(II) Shooting and Editing: The name and the plot of the movie was related to a 'top-secret" CD. The main character played by Clooney never knew about the CD. The movie was presented in a way that the audience felt very natural about this. 

(III) Sound and Special Effects: Nothing really special apart from the opening and closing scenes. 

(IV) Must-see Scenes: The wardrobe scene in which Pitt caught Clooney by surprise and led to unexpected shooting. 

(V) Ending and Bonus Features: The ending was very humorous, another must-see scene of the movie.
 
What if...?
The first character I saw Malkovich's played on the big screens was Cyrus the Virus in ConAir (1997). It has been (and still) one of my favourite villian since. Unfortunately, Malkovich's played Cyrus the Virus in every movie. Wouldn't it be nice if John Malkovich was not in the movie? Wouldn't it be nice if his character did not yell and used the "f" word once every five seconds?

 
Overall...
You will enjoy the humor, clever dialogue and unexpected twists if you do not apply any logic when you see the movie. I adore Georgy Clooney and Brad Pitt's commitment to  non main-stream movies. I would personally prefers The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) over this one.


Drew saw Burn After Reading on VCD.