Anyway, my mate and I decide to go to the Dendy at Newtown for the 6:30 show. We get there by about 6:20 and lo and behold….the line is bloody long!!! I have never seen such a long line at the movies since I have been to Australia and never at the Dendy (where you don’t see little kids!). By the time, we got to the counter, it was 6:45, and the movie had begun. So there had to be a change in plans and we went for the 8:30 show instead.
For the 8:30 show as well, the hall was full. And no I’m not exaggerating. I noticed people who had to sit separately from friends because in some rows there were just single seats available. All of this was lifting my expectations about the movie. I generally try as a rule to not have high expectations as the chances of having them dashed is quite common. But I couldn’t not have such high expectations in this case given the circumstances.
In the end, I was not disappointed. Burn after Reading is an amazingly intelligent movie with it’s black humour. I will not get into the story as I wouldn’t want to give anything away and as for the gist, well any newspaper will tell you that. In my opinion, the movie portrays American society as it is today — narcissistic, lack of empathy, engaging in shallow & meaningless relationships, paranoid and finally, something that I saw as a subtle hint on how George Bush has handled the ‘war against terrorism’. All the actors have done a great job — Frances McDormand as being obsessed with her looks, Tilda Swinton as being a cold bitch, George Clooney as a womanising, paranoid narcissist, Brad Pitt as a slow pretty-boy, and of course, John Malkovich as the crazed ex-CIA agent.
Hats off to the Coen brothers for making people laugh, for shocking us, and for making us think —- all at once.
Until next time,