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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading”, the Coen Brothers’ follow-up to the epic “No Country For Old Men” is an elegantly plotted, deceptively clever masterclass in serious comedy. Exploring their pet theme of greed undone by stupidity, this tale of health-club employees attempting to blackmail a former C.I.A. employee appears to be ambling along amiably enough until Something Terrible happens which brings home the life-and-death nature of the endeavour. The point is, I guess, that world events are shaped by the petty flaws and neuroses of imperfect individuals. Beautiful performances, of course, most winningly from Brad Pitt (what with all the media coverage of his personal circumstances, one tends to forget that he’s actually an actor). If you loved “The Big Lebowski”…


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