New In Theatre Review:Burn After Reading starring George Clooney ,John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, and Brad Pitt

The Coen Brothers must be still getting praise from their last movie “No Country for Old Men”. I say this because they’re new movie “Burn after Reading” is 1 hour and 35 mins of nothing, and a studio actually put it out. The movie is about a CIA adviser named Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) who gets fired from his position and decides to write his memoirs of his time in the CIA. These memoirs fall into the hands of two not very bright fitness instructors (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand) who believe that what they have read is more important than it really is. They try to get money from Osborne in return for his property. That’s it in a nut shell. So you say “well what about George Clooney & Tilda Swinton?” Well Clooney plays “Harry Pfarrer” a womanizer who is having an affair with “Katie Cox” (Tilda Swinton) who is married to Osborne.

Now this may end up being the shortest review I’ve written this year, because frankly it was the shortest movie I’ve seen this year. The movie has all of theses good actors in it for 1 hour and 35mins of just a lot of stupidity and cursing. The Coen’s are showing Hollywood in this movie that they think they are that good of writers and directors that they can throw this storyline together with no effort and a studio will produce it. Well I have to say they won in that aspect, but what about the people who pay $12 to go see this crap. Wheres our return on all of this? A few funny scenes with Brad Pitt and a couple of funny facial expressions by George Clooney? Is that what the Coen Brother’s think they can get away with? Well let me be the first to say “I’m highly upset” I went into the theater thinking this was gonna be a good movie, not a great one, but at least a good one. It was neither. I blame the studio that released this movie. Don’t let these writers submit non effortless crap, add a couple of A- list actors and say it’s a movie worth seeing. This movie could have come out on cable on Cinemax, not even worthy of HBO or Showtime. I give it ½ of star out of 4, why should I put any effort into rating this movie, they didn’t when making it. It runs 1 hour and 35mins, but it really feels like 1 hour and 20 mins they must have included the time of the trailer previews. The movie is rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence. It was written and directed by Ethan & Joel Coen. It was produced by Working Title Films, Wetwork Productions, Studio Canal, Relativity Media. It was distributed by Focus Features.

Life can be very exciting; don’t waste it on useless crap. Ezo
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