Hilarity and Tragedy: Opposites attract

Pitt's character does a happy dance
Pitt's character does a happy dance

It’s true, guys…I really, really enjoyed Burn After Reading.

Here’s the thing: I love dark comedies. And the Coen brothers generally fit the bill. I say “generally” because I really didn’t think anything was funny about No Country for Old Men. It was an amazing film, but it definitely wasn’t funny.

Anyhoo, so other genius movies from these guys include Fargo and The Big Lebowski. Both incredibly memorable and containing weird plot turns and awesome characters. There’s some violence, but at the end of the day, we can all laugh at the fact that shredding someone in a wood chipper is just absurd. And so is dancing with sexy Valkyries to “I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).”

So, in my opinion, we’ve come to expect the unexpected from the Coens.

Burn After Reading was really no different. This totally all-star cast is a hodge-podge of personalities you’d never expect to mix (Tilda Swinton, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovitch, and Brad Pitt). And, surprisingly, it totally works.

Clooney wields a gun
Clooney wields a gun

McDormand, as an Internet-date-prowling personal trainer who wants lipo, and Pitt as the loveable exercise-crazed airhead coworker are an extremely entertaining duo. After they find the financial information of a wealthy ex-federal accountant (Malkovitch) that was copied by his divorce-ready wife (Swinton), they make it their mission to get a lucrative deal out of returning the disc.

What ensues is a twisted tale of sex, lies, murder, and revenge. Each and every delectable moment with some new and unpredictable turn.

I found this film extremely enjoyable, laugh-out-loud hilarious, endearing, and jaw-dropping.

But what else would we really have expected from this unstoppable duo?

✯✯✯✯ (You must see this NOW!)


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