So I’m a little behind with this one since I watched this on a plane this week, but I did finally get around to watching Burn After Reading. (I might also add that I got to see my inflight choice with only two interruptions — a new record for Air Canada!)
As with all Coen brothers movies, it was not in the least what it was advertised to be, which is just fine with me because I quite enjoyed this plot. (I’ll admit that I was initially a little confused, as is everyone who goes into a movie expecting something else. *cough*Twilight*cough*. I should really just start prepping myself when dealing with the Coens that whatever I saw in the previews I should forget, and just go in blank. It would make it easier for me to pay attention to detail in the beginning of the movies.)
I liked that the characters were well-developed and properly flawed; saying that I liked the characters themselves would be pushing it though. (Most of them were kind of irritating. I’m finding that more often in movies I watch these days. Wonder what that says about me?) I did very much enjoy their filled-out personalities and the dynamics that were played up between them though.
So, would I recommend this? Not if you think it’s an action movie. (Ahem, The Boy? I’m talking to you.) If you’re looking for light-hearted action popcorn, this is the wrong flick. Where I think this fits in is if you’re in the mood for a sort of twisty-turny, almost-heist movie, but based more around people than stuff.
It is good, but like all Coen brothers films, Burn After Reading leaves me feeling like “Okay, but what was the point of all that?” at the end of it. There is an ending, and while thematically I know why they did it, I would have wrapped it up differently.
Overall, I did enjoy it, but I don’t think I’d watch it again. It was… okay. (And keep in mind that I was on a plane. Old system: 5/9)