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Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Mini-W Reviews: Burn After Reading

For those of you who are new to the Rouge Wave, and there are always newcomers, the Mini-W is my 15 year old daughter. She's smart, she's savvy and she loves movies. And once in awhile when her homework is done, she reviews movies here on the Rouge Wave. Enjoy:

I was dragged to see Burn After Reading, starring Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich, and George Clooney with my dad and step mom and stepbrother. I was far from excited, but afterwards, I was SO glad they made me go. Although like most Coen Brothers productions, Burn After Reading was quite morbid, the extraordinary comedic performances by the entire cast held the sub-par plot together.

The movie starts out with John Malkovich as Osborn Cox, a washed up CIA operative being fired from his position. He then goes home to his coldhearted wife, Tilda Swinton, who is having an affair with George Clooney, a bodyguard and exercise obsessed womanizer. George Clooney links to Linda Litske (Frances McDormand), through Internet dating. Linda is an image obsessed gym worker who happens to find some files from Osborn Cox’s financial documents. Brad Pitt is a personal trainer at the gym where Linda works, and together they try and get money for the disk that they found, thinking it is CIA information.

In the end, many of the cast end up dying in rather violent and shocking ways, but the way they handle it just makes what would have been a mediocre script into a hilarious experience. Not only were the performances good, but also you could just tell that the actors had fun with this movie, and that fun jumps off the screen into you. DO NOT take the younguns to see this movie (I felt like covering my little step brother’s eyes half the time) but definitely take a couple hours to go out and see it. It will keep you laughing for a long time afterwards.

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Dave Shepherd said...

Just for the record --

Coen, not Cohen. Though there is a Joel and Etan Cohen. The difference being that Joel Cohen wrote Garfield 2, and Etan Cohen has a credit on Tropic Thunder.

Other than that, good review.

E.C. Henry said...

Guess the saying's right, "Like mother, like daughter." Great review, mini-w!

The previews make the "Burn After Reading" look like a hoot. Now with your review backing that, guess I'll have to go see it.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Julie Gray said...

@Dave - corrected. Mom didn't proofread carefully enough :)

Kirkland said...

I have a thing against watching any movie by union busters--even those with talent and that I admire as storytellers. So, I won't be watching any movies by these guys.