Compared to No Country For Old Men, the Coens’ Burn After Reading might be a less ambitious movie but there is a bright spark to it. There’s also great ensemble playing and, as Critic After Dark Noel Vera notes, a surprise turn from Brad Pitt, of all people.
Joel and Ethan Coenâ€™s Burn After Reading (2008) is their first feature film after last yearâ€™s No Country For Old Men, and by most standards itâ€™s a diminishment. Less ambitious, less grave (where No Country dealt with inevitable mortality, in Burn mortality acts more like a caffeinated jack-in-the-box), less demanding of its audiences, it seems to resemble in tone and level of cynicism the kind of dry, dark comedies the Coens have made through the years.
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