Friday, January 23, 2009

MOVIE: Burn After Reading

The summary for Burn After Reading reads: A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it.

That brief description doesn't do justice to the tale which quickly unfolds. From the opening scene to the closing shot, it is a fantastic movie. The whole foundation of its success rests upon the talent of all the actors. Of course it is a laundry list of first class performers: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, and Brad Pitt. Each of them was brilliant. I could write a paragraph about every character. Suffice it to say, they were all phenominal and enthralling.

Great writing. Superb direction. Simple, but powerful dialog. Good pacing, but the scope of the story bordered on confusing. No major effects and if there was a sound track I missed it.

Really enjoyed the movie. Would have enjoyed it more with my bride. Certainly a top notch date flick. Not not not for the kids. No doubt it is worth renting.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

great movie - and they did a good job developing the characters throughout the movie. The only problem I had with it was the beginning was super slow as Malkovich's character's backstory is being told.