Sunday, April 26, 2009

FILM: Go See Burn After Reading

*Posted September 11, 2008*

The Coen's new movie premieres tomorrow night, but not to the reception of No Country For Old Men. Critics appeared to be expecting (or at least wanting) the next Fargo or Big Lebowski, but instead got the next Ladykillers or Intolerable Cruelty. There's been a lot of mediocre reviews, but we should give the Coens the benefit of the doubt. They've certainly hit a lot more times than missed, and it's awesome to see how they take a dramatic actor and let them run wild on a quirky character. Nic Cage (before he became a fake hack) in Raising Arizona, Jeff Bridges in the Big Lebowski, Tom Hanks in Ladykillers, and George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou are all examples of dramatic actors taking a break and indulging in unusual comedies. The next test is Brad Pitt as a dimwitted personal trainer ("Give us the money, dickwad!!") Burn After Reading doesn't have to be the next Lebowski to be worth a movie ticket, so do yourself a favor and go see it.

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