If you read all that is out there on the internet since Burn After Reading’s release last week you will notice some common threads emerging time and time again. One of the most common, is the general feeling that the impression the trailer gives of the movie is way, way off. The trailer makes the movie look like a dumb, light-hearted, knock-about comedy which, apparently, it is not. Now, I am yet to see the movie (living as I do in the UK) but it is felt that the movie is a lot darker than the trailer would have us believe. Often it is compared to Fargo in tone, which is a black comedy sure, but it’s more drama than comedy. For my money, almost all of the Coen brothers movies are comedies, albeit black comedies, up to a point with the notable exception of No Country For Old Men which is not original Coen material (and possibly Blood Simple, Barton Fink and Miller’s Crossing- but each of these have funny moments). They are often criticised for the brutal and bloody violence they love to put to screen but it is almost always juxtaposed by something completely silly.
What do you guys luck enough to have seen it think?
Roll on October 17th when I will be able to see for myself.