Movie Review: Burn After Reading
Aubrey Ward III
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The disc ends up in a fitness gym where an employee named Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) decides to use the disc to secure herself some funding for her plastic surgery. Linda, along with her good buddy Chad (Brad Pitt) begin to form a blackmail scheme against Mr. Cox. Meanwhile, Katie is having an affair with a man named Harry (George Clooney) but what Katie doesn’t know is that Harry gets around.
The plot is pretty easy to follow. What kept me glued to the screen was the loopiness of the situation. Pitt is a hyper jumping bean. Clooney is a loveable nut.
Actually, the wacky yet realistic ambience of “Burn After Reading” reminded me of Christopher Guest helmed flicks such as “Waiting For Guffman”. But “Burn” has a bit more slapstick and a little extra outrageousness in the situations. One of the most hysterical and memorable scenes of the movie has to be the big unveiling of Harry’s basement contraption. The whole audience was universally astonished.
That’s pretty much all I would like to say about “Burn After Reading”. Anymore and I'll spill the entire plot right here. The nutshell review is that this is a quick witted comedy with an easy to follow plot and a wacky cast of kooky characters. A fine and funny ensemble piece with a bit of a dark edge. Oh and every character says the "F-Word" at least twice. Not that the F-Bomb is all that shocking these days but it is quite notable in this flick.