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What a corrective rewatch after ~13 years! Sure, Burn After Reading might still have less to say than No Country for Old Men, but that’s something it hardly tries to hide. It’s like a sequel to Fargo, another film about simple people getting tied in complicated knots, but with J. K. Simmons providing meta-narration. What did we learn from this? Nothing. Expert storytelling and great performances – including a bumbling pre-Karl-Muller-from-Succession (David Rasche).
Never knew I needed McCall from the Equalizer series to spit out lines like ”time and the hour runs through the roughest day” and ”if it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly”.
I didn’t care for the visual style, it felt very flat, one-dimensional and dull.
There are very bad movies where you can at least see and appreciate people actually trying. With the Reunion films no one seems to try at all. The third one is the worst of the bunch – a collection of confusing, ugly, loose and boring scenes with no tension, wit, or laughs. It's an over-the-top portrayal of a world made for straight white men, but with no critical or meta angle.
They touted this as a "post-MeToo film", which I…
It is common for filmmakers to cram a lot of ideas into their feature debuts, as if this was their one chance to show everything they’ve got. It is very rare for them to make all those ideas fit perfectly, serving the story and the themes. Sure, Panah Panahi probably learned a thing or two (or billion) from his father, but still, this is quite an exceptional first feature.