Meant to tell you this sooner, because I like to keep you ahead of the pack: the Coen Brothers' latest film, Burn After Reading, is very good indeed. Don't worry, I won't spoiler you, but suffice to say that it's hilarious. Intentionally so, naturellement.
After No Country For Old Men's bleak body count, this is almost inevitably a lighter affair. Being the Coens' work, however, there are also some great, incongruously severe moments which catch you off guard and lift you out of your seat. If I had to compare it to a previous flick from their CV, it'd be the classic Fargo - and not just because Frances McDormand's in it (along with up-and-coming thespians George Clooney, John Malkovich and a particularly amusing Brad Pitt). There's a similar level of black humour, taking a microscope once again to the absurdities of human behaviour, with characters crazily pinballing off one another.
No Country... caused debate in script circles, for a couple of its unorthodox choices (personally, I really liked that ending), and I suspect Burn After Reading may follow suit. One thing's almost certainly true: only the Coen Brothers could get away with it, but they do so with ludicrous aplomb.
Burn After Reading opens in the UK on October 17.