In the movie, Burn After Reading, Osbourne Cox, played by the always amusing John Malkovich, just wants to be left alone to write his memoirs but he cannot seem to get any peace and quiet to do so. In the midst of getting fired from his job at the CIA, his wife who is having an affair with the US Marshall (George Clooney) wants a divorce pronto. While copying information about her husband’s life onto a cd, the disk accidently gets into the hands of two gym employees played by Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand, who believe the disk contains secret government information and intend to blackmail Cox.
This was a pretty good film to watch, by none other than the Coen Brothers. It was really fast-paced, going in all sorts of directions, so not exactly a movie I could follow entirely without using the rewind button a few times. I’m beginning to see a pattern though with the Coen Brothers directing style, which I’d say is an acquired taste.
I liked the way the story was set up and all the little bizarre twists where I didn’t know what was actually going to happen. What stood out most was the excellent cast. John Malkovich really delved into his seriously paranoid, angry and sarcastic character. Any of the confrontations between him and Brad Pitt were hilarious. I also liked the interaction Pitt and McDormand since their dense-like characters both played off of each other quite well.
This was definitely an obscure comedy but amidst the chaos, it was enjoyable not to burn after watching.