Frances McDormand consistently gets the opertunity to play some of the quirkiest characters in her husband's black comedies. The Coen Brothers brand is so unique, and McDormand roles in these films are a staple in the bizarest of bizarre.
Burn After Reading has such a colorful palette of characters, from the coarseness of John Malkovich, the tenderness of Richard Jenkins, the perverseness of George Clooney, and Zealousness of Brad Pitt -- yet some how all of these characters are balanced out by Frances McDormand.
You'd think the accents and the strange motivations would get old, but whether it's Dot in Raising Arizona, Marge in Fargo, or this role as Linda Litzke, you have to acknowledge that McDormand's ability to pull off these characters is one of a kind.
In Burn After Reading, McDormand's interactions with each of the characters and her undying desire to have some plastic surgery is the magic ingredient in this film that makes it work. With out her character the film would be a failure, and I can't imagine anyone else would could play the part.
This post is a contribution to StinkyLulu's Class of 2008 Supporting Actress Blog-a-thon. Check out the other entries at StinkyLulu's site.
Previous submissions to StinkyLulu's blog-a-thon:
Class of 2007: Allison Janney in Juno & Hairspray
Class of 2006: Adriana Barazza in Babel