NW Goes to the Talkies: Burn After Reading

You know that kid on the Simpsons cartoon show who shows up every time something bad happens to Bart and emits that mocking laugh? Two descending notes: HA-ha!

Well, that’s the Coen Bros.

I really can’t complain. They’ve been playing the same funny/nasty game since Blood Simple. I knew what I was in for: Stupid people would be found guilty of stupidity by the smart Coens and sentenced to death. That’s their whole schtick. I was aware of it, but I went to see Burn After Reading anyhow.

Was it funny? Yeah, sure. Were the performances uniformly great? I guess. Are the Coens masters of getting across a convoluted story? Yeah, yeah, yeah.

It’s just that for once I’d like to see a comedy that didn’t make me feel like I needed to take a shower afterwards. Or seek absolution.

And what’s with all the low shots in Coen Bros flicks? After all their success can’t they afford a taller tripod? Just look at this montage:

It seems like 90% of Burn was filmed with the camera about three feet off the ground looking up under everybody’s chins. The only times the camera is above someone is when he is dead or injured. Maybe that’s just those crazy Coen’s way of looking down, pointing and saying “HA ha!”

2 responses to “NW Goes to the Talkies: Burn After Reading

  1. Brad Pitt can be so funny, as long as he’s not taking himself too seriously… in any case, it’s about time someone made good use of his habitually spastic arm movements

  2. Ha, ha! keep time: how sour sweet music is,
    When time is broke and no proportion kept!
    So is it in the music of men’s lives.

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