Friday, September 12, 2008

From masterpiece to mediocrity


The Coen brothers (Joel and Ethan) have little to say with their new comedy, "Burn After Reading." An A-list cast struggles to bring a comic thriller to life, as the Coens unveil their first movie since last year's triumphant "No Country For Old Men." There are some chuckles to be sure, but overall the movie doesn't click. I was asked my former employer, The Rocky Mountain News, to review "Burn After Reading." For a full review, click away!

1 comment:

Katherine said...

I agree 100% -- many funny moments, but all as devoid of substance as the brainless and heartless characters. It was easy to feel superior and laugh at these characters in the beginning, but after a while, I missed having someone on the screen to relate to and root for, anyone with heart and intelligence. Was this just a lazy, incomplete effort by the Coens, or their view of everyone in the U.S., including their audience?