Finally an American digs the Coens’ ‘Burn’

Posted by · 10:20 am · September 5th, 2008

Brad Pitt in Burn After ReadingIt seems Jeff Wells is one of the few to walk out of Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Burn After Reading” with a big smile on his face.

Here’s what he had to say, in part:

I didn’t laugh all that much, but I loved every minute of this thing. Relished it, and mainly I sat there with a bemused smile on my face. If you’re on the misanthrope boat, this half-espionage, half-comedy of modern fools and manners is about as good as this sort of thing gets. But you have to forget about “laughing.” (Which is overrated anyway, despite what Joel McCrea‘s John L. Sullivan might have thought.) Because this movie is about much more than that.

Sounds promiing, despite the negative early Stateside opinions (the Brits, however, sided with Wells on this one).  I’ll know for myself in, oh, four hours when I check it out over in Beverly Hills.  I’m quite looking forward to it, to tell you the truth.

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  • 1 9-05-2008 at 11:05 am

    mike said...

    Well, for me, Pitt + Clooney + Coen’s + (other great people) = Can’t Wait!!!

  • 2 9-05-2008 at 11:10 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, until the film itself proves otherwise, I see nothing not to like about this. The trailer gets me laughing every time I see it.

    And frankly, the US trade papers are losing me lately.

  • 3 9-06-2008 at 12:19 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I can’t imagine not being amused with this film. I think too many people are still with Oscar in their minds while it is just another ‘silly’ thing according to the Coens.