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Burn After Reading - Unengaging, unfunny `comedy' from people who can do so much better,
This review is from: Burn After Reading [DVD] (DVD)
A Coen Brother's film? A film starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand AND John Malkovitch? This was a film for which I had high expectations, sadly they were not met.
The convoluted plot centred around John Malkovitch's CIA memoires and various attempts at blackmail arising after they fall into the wrong hands is actually quite interesting, and with a different slant the movie could have been great. But too much emphasis is placed on silly schoolboy humour, cardboard caricatures and pointless characters. The only actor who comes out of this with any credit is Malkovitch, who seems unable to put in a bad performance. Clooney and Pitt are given nothing to get their teeth into, Clooney coasts through with an uncommitted bland turn, and Pitt goes over the top in a toecurlingly hammy and misjudged delivery.
Interesting plot and premise, let down by a poor script, poor direction and poor acting. Trying to be objective, and ignoring the huge sense of disappointment after a build up that promised so much, I can only give this two stars.