Director: coen brothers
Starring: Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton
Burn After Reading is about two gym workers, Chad and Linda, who find a disk on the bathroom floor. Chad looks at it and claims it’s classified information about cia stuff. They call Osbourne Cox, the man who owns the disk, and try to blackmail him. What Chad and Linda don’t know though is that the information on the disk is just memoirs of Osbourne Cox for a book he wants to write. As Chad and Linda try to sell the disk to others, they start to spy on Osbourne and this is where I leave you because it’s hard to explain what happens after this point.
The film was fantastic. The story is great and well written. There are some very funny moments but what makes this film so good and funny is the drama side to it. I don’t want to spoil the movie so I won’t say too much but alot of the events that happen could have been avoided if all the characters would’ve done their own thing. George Clooney’s character gets into an affair with Osbourne Cox’s wife and causes some funny things while Osbourne is away. Brad Pitt’s character is so dumb he doesn’t even know how to hide properly(you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it). He deserves what he gets. But all the characters are so likeable and it’s what makes this film great.
Now the acting is superb. Brad Pitt plays his character so well I was focused on him throughout the film. The others do a good job as well but it’s just the way Brad Pitt played it. The scenes where his character is involved are some of the funniest. George Clooney’s character is so paranoid it’s funny just to watch him. There’s just so much to say about the characters. You just have to watch it.
Overall I think this was a great film with a great story that plays out well. It has it’s funny moments and funny characters that make the moments. The actors play their parts well which adds to the funny moments. I’m pretty sure there’s a deep meaning with the themes but you never really find yourself thinking about that or overwhelmed with it. Give this one a watch in theaters. It’s worth the price of admission and you won’t be dissapointed.