Monday, July 5, 2010


This is the original “Burn After Reading”, only far better! After watching both films it’s inevitable that you would compare them. In the typically quirky Coen brother style, this film really works. As I said in my review of “A Serious Man”, their style is so “out-the-box” that you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. The absurdity of the events that take place make for a humorous film, even though it’s quite violent and tragic. These talented directors really captured the essence of a small, Midwest town, with great support from the cast. The actors really committed to their roles and made the characters believable, rather than making them into caricatures. I lost count of the number times they say “yah” in the movie but surprisingly, it never got annoying. Finally the cinematography was excellent. It was simple but powerful, as the blanket of white snow really allowed to feel the atmosphere of a cold, restrictive, isolated town with dark secrets underneath. M

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