Burn After Reading: This is one of the many Coen Brother's Movies and I found it to be about the same as all of the others. Before I go further let me just say that I have a feeling I will upset some people with this one, because people who like Coen Brother's Movies tend to be fanatical about it. I know some guys who will just as soon stab you as hear you talk badly about The Big Lebowski. But I continue nonetheless protected by my integrity, the first amendment and the fact that they don't know where I live. I found the movie lacking*. Just like I've found most of the Coen's comedic movies lacking**. I don't really know why others like them so much, maybe it's me***. They are ostensibly comedies, but I only find them slightly amusing. They are more slightly ironic, mildly amusing anecdotes made into feature films. During this particular one, I did honestly laugh once, though it was at the beginning and I don't remember what was happening at the time. When the movie ended, I wasn't sad that I'd watched it, but I also didn't have that movie afterglow you get when you see something great or even better than average. I felt kind of sad for a couple of the characters (really for most of them). Beyond that I have to wonder what was the point? What were the Coen's trying to accomplish? Do they feel like they did it? Could they let me know what it was so I could appreciate it? Anyway, somehow or other I have ended up owning a copy of the movie and I can honestly say that the chances I watch it again are very small. So, if anyone out there wants my copy they can have it.
Burn After Reading: C
p.s. - For the record, Miller's Crossing is one of the best movies ever**** and I haven't seen a good many of the Coen movies. But if I were to rate The Big Lebowski it would probably get a worse grade and it's doubtful if Raising Arizona would pass*****.
* - Fanatical Coen Fans [FCF] across America now leaping into their cars.
** - The FCF's slam their foot down on the accelerator.
*** - The FCF's give pause waiting to see if perhaps I can be spared.
**** - The FCF's smile and begin to turn their cars around.
***** - The FCF's phone in to FCF central and order a nuclear strike.