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The League of Morons in Burn After Reading (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2008) November 29, 2008

Posted by Richard Bolisay in Hollywood.


Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich

Placement – – placement dictates appreciation of Burn After Reading. Last year’s No Country for Old Men has set up the Coens standard, the film that will always be compared with their other films, its qualities will always be measured up to their future projects, a defining film which in the strictest sense is not absolutely true, but to easier comprehension of things the society has given it such stature, convenience is the key to diminish chaos. Einstein doubts the universe’s infinity but not human stupidity’s, the genius in him knows it is every man’s distinct trait, our education has made us stupid, Russell agreed. The film operates on silliness, introducing various characters whose quirks overcome their entire personality, turning them into slaves of their own quirkiness, it is caricature yes but the Coens know how to handle them well, not really exceptionally well but tolerably well, it comes to a point of forced agreement between the audience and the film, a compromise to sit all the way through, the bombardment of superb actors, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton overtaking the obtuse charms of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, standing out, the driest humor almost wounding us and inducing inexplicable bruises. The idea of the supporting players making up for the whole strikes a chord in your brain with a tune of cleverness, but it isn’t enough to command your feelings, it lacks that ability to send waves of remembrance, that it is something that you will remember is something that you will always forget.


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