Great movie. Really entertaining acting work from Clooney and Pitt.
Funny at times like the J.K. Simmons bits but most of the time just extremely annoying characters
This hilarious dark-comedy with an all-star cast is well shot, well written, and very well acted. With actors like Brad Pitt and George Clooney, who more often than not end up playing the roles of Brad Pitt and George Clooney, it's refreshing to see them play unique characters and have them performed so well. From the subtle neurotic twitches and seemingly ADHD behaviour from George Clooney's character, to the not so subtle, dopey disposition of Brad Pitt's character, this movie offers a wide variety of entertaining and well performed characters. As expected from the Coen Brothers, it's not your typical comedy. The music plays out in a seemingly serious but parodic tone, similarly to Coen Brothers'2009 film 'A Serious Man' - which I would also recommend. In a way, it's kind of a parody movie of the spy genre. But one wherein they want to break your expectations and make fun of movie cliches. Not only are intentional red herrings shown throughout the film as part of the joke, but there's a little bit of commentary in how certain characters act. Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand's characters consistently make their decisions as though they think they're living in a cliched spy movie, giving the impressions that their characters have probably seen too many movies. Part of the hilarity of the film is how it's universe consistently shuts them down for having false expectations. It's as though the film's saying to the audience, "We're going to make the movie we want to make because those other movies are fucking stupid". It's humor exists on many levels with both outward ridiculousness and small subtleties. So although you can find humor in this movie no matter what type of watcher you are, You're really not getting the full experience unless you're actually paying attention. It's a movie that has humor throughout but doesn't necessarily make it obvious where the jokes are. Much of the humour is found in how characters act, rather than simply delivering punchlines the whole movie. Anyway, this is a great comedy from two great directors and I would recommend checking it out.