Monday, September 29, 2008

Burn After Reading

Concentrated Burn

I was angry and annoyed, but I liked it. Only because Ted is the beating heart, the moral center, of this deranged tale. In a world full of monsters, Ted's only transgression was a brief lapse in judgment, an act of sin, out of love. The abrupt end of his story thread is absolutely fitting, establishing the moral amidst the farce. Chesterton (in his essay Fairy Tales) best described the Coens' dedication to a core fairy tale idea: "the idea that all happiness hangs on one thin veto."

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