Thursday, October 9, 2008
Burn After Reading (2008)
I haven't seen The Ladykillers or Intolerable Cruelty and not a single person has ever suggested that I do so. Which means I can be fairly certain that I've seen all the great Coen Brothers films. This is not one of them. It's not a bad film, but it suffers from a serious lack of sympathetic characters. I don't object to the notion of a plot that goes absolutely nowhere (like Lebowski), as long as we can enjoy spending time with the characters. But the only ones that I felt were worthwhile were J.K. Simmons and David Rasche's CIA Superior and CIA Officer, and they are relatively small parts, although their scenes loosely frame the whole story. I felt like everyone else was trying a little too hard, except perhaps for the writer/directors. A missing CD? That could never be as funny as a missing briefcase.