Just got back from Toronto – plenty of coverage on GreenCine, more to follow – but first, my review of the Coens’ Burn After Reading is in the P-I. this is definitely the brothers in inconsequential mode, having fun spinning their comic ideas and dark humor in a film with no ambitions beyond making you laugh.
George Clooney gets top billing in the Coen brothers’ new comedy, an espionage farce played with a straight face, but it’s Frances McDormand’s desperate, single, health-club employee who really drives this ensemble. She’s determined to get her plastic surgery makeover — which, for reasons she can’t understand, her HMO won’t cover — at any cost. Hell hath no fury.
The Coens shoot the film with the sober crispness of a genuine spy thriller, never telegraphing their punch lines. Instead, they let the cast have fun with enthusiastic performances. Clooney perhaps has too much fun: He plays big, bugs his eyes and goes screwball in scenes of comic mayhem.
Read the complete review here.