Brad Pitt returns to his native element

The trailer (with mild language) of the Coen brothers’ new comedy Burn After Reading is a joy to watch. Their choice of Brad Pitt as the Walter Sobchak of this decade is pure genius.

I am almost giddy to see Pitt return after seven years to the genre in which he moves most naturally. The trailer alone shows some looks we have not seen from him since Johnny Suede.

If he had pursued comedies in the 90s rather than pretty boy parts, Pitt would be known for his career more than his relationships, and his name would be a solo box office draw like Adam Sandler or Ben Stiller. Except he’s a better comedian than both of them.

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