19 September 2008

Review of Burn After Reading (2008)

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• Curious Coen Bros. fans anxious to see how they follow up on No Country for Old Men—just don't go with high expectations even if it seems like an all-star cast
• People who didn't get enough of a sardonic, cruel, vindictive Tilda Swinton or the awkward chemistry between her and George Clooney from Michael Clayton
• Those who make a hobby of counting the number of times various four-letter words appear in a film—you really have to pay attention to John Malkovich's character, Osborne Cox because he has a habit of using two in variation in the same sentence
• Well, Brad Pitt fans will love him and his character in this film where he plays one of his funniest and best comedic characters ever, but be prepared for a shock
• Anyone who has low, low, low expectations for a story such that it need not draw you in, engage you in the filmmakers' passions, and take you on a journey of discovery to places you've never been

• People who don't like the Coen Bros. movies
• People who like to see the good guys finish first
• Fans of Frances McDormand's Police Chief Marge Gunderson
• Anyone who might be haunted by images of John Malkovich in his boxer shorts wielding and axe worse than they were by images of Jack Nicholson in The Shining
• Those who do not prefer violence for the sake of it
• Fans of No Country for Old Men
• People who voted for George Clooney as the Sexiest Man Alive five times
• People who saw the trailer and thought this was going to be a really, really, really, really, really good movie
• People who work hard for their money

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