This is a hilariously smart movie about intertwining stupidity. Not many comedies get better than this. What you have here is a comedic complex crime story with many different characters (played expertly by every actor) that leads to hilarious conclusions. What I like about Burn After Reading is there really isn’t a main character, there’s just a lot of different, yet equally fun characters reacting to the events and characters around them. The acting was top-notch and fun, especially by John Malkovich and Brad Pitt, I smiled with each of their lines. Burn After Reading wasn’t epic, and it didn’t have much point or reason, but it was incredibly entertaining and worth every penny. Burn After Reading wasn’t No Country for Old Men and it didn’t amount to much in the end, but that’s one of the key points I received from this film. A movie doesn’t have to amount to much to have a good story, and Burn After Reading does hilariously tell a great story.
When I walked into Righteous Kill I was expecting two things. Entertaining acting jobs by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro and a decently good crime thriller. Well, I got the first one, but I can’t say the same for the second one. I’ve always liked Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, who hasn’t, but unlike most, I’ve always liked Al Pacino better than De Niro, probably always will. Same goes for this movie, I honestly think that Pacino is a better actor. It was entertaining to watch them work together, but they didn’t save the movie. I’ll say this, any other actors and this movie would’ve been absolutely terrible.
So anyways, I went in expecting a crime thriller, but instead got a predictable attempt at something with a confusing plot, and terribly amateur and annoying editing that had no place in this movie. I went in expecting Departed and got an attempt to put a pair of masterful actors into the new teen rap and club scene. Instead of making the movie realistic and grisly they tried to make it a more mature teen movie. My biggest problem with the film was the fact that they tried to force what they thought would be a surprise ending on you, but any moron could pick up on it with the first 10 minutes and it just wasn’t clever at all. This is a dumb movie with brilliant actors and I hope they can work together again so they can redeem themselves from this mess of a film.