Excerpt: "All their lives, brothers Stephen (Ruffalo) and Bloom (Brody) have perfected the fine art of the con. Now they're ready for one last spectacular score - luring Penelope (Weisz), an eccentric heiress, into an elaborate scheme that takes them around the world. Watch as writer/director Rian Johnson's (Brick) caper unravels in this brilliant, comedic tale.
Excerpt: Rian Johnson's quizzical sophomore effort shows there's a true filmmaking force at work here; open-minded film enthusiasts should appreciate his charming and unique approach to the heist comedy.
Conclusion: There is a wonderful dreamy feel to Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom . It is one of those films where not everything makes sense, but the story is so beautiful that it does not really matter. I enjoyed it a lot. The Blu-ray disc herein reviewed, courtesy of British distributors Optimum Home Entertainment, looks and sounds very good. It is, however, Region-B "locked". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: Between his 2005 debut Brick and this week's The Brothers Bloom , filmmaker and ( crack Movieline screenwriter ) Rian Johnson has proven to be something of a savant with the modern crime thriller. His ear has nearly supersonic range for dialogue, and his eye effortlessly reads extra dimensions of faces and locations -- dynamics that come in quite handy with plots as complex as his. Still, however smart the source, a story is always just a story.
Excerpt: There are so, so many things to enjoy about The Brothers Bloom , from Rian Johnson's witty and energetic direction to the tender fraternal relationship between the main characters, Bloom (Adrien Brody) and Stephen (Mark Ruffalo). And Johnson and his actors seem to believe so firmly in the story they're telling, in the struggle of a con man to find a life that isn't scripted step by step, that you may will yourself to be swept away by the con.
Excerpt: Not all outsiders are con artists, but every con artist has to be an outsider at heart. Insinuating into other people’s lives is an essential professional skill, but those who can’t step away in an instant might as well become schnooks like all the rest. But what happens when schnookdom starts to look appealing?
Conclusion: A fun but somewhat frivolous movie, The Brothers Bloom doesn't achieve -- but then again rarely aims for -- some higher level of meaning. It's fairly superficial, but there's still a semblance of depth to the characters -- particularly that of Bloom -- and meaning to the story. At the end of the day, it's an entertaining spectacle, an amalgamation of style that's a bit flighty but otherwise well-made and mostly entertaining but not necessarily engrossing.
Summary: David Mamet, the undisputed master of the conman film, is imitated far less than he should be. So it’s nice to see his influence in Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his polarising debut, Brick . From the opening narration by Mamet stalwart Ricky Jay, through to the numerous twisty con games, it’s clear Johnson shares Mamet’s affection for the way and the world of the conman.
Excerpt: "The Brothers Bloom" is an offbeat, eccentric story. The unique approach to story-telling is utterly refreshing as it blends moments of genuine romance, intrigue and comedy which are complemented by a superb, mostly orchestral score. At times it becomes a little self-aware, but for the most part is buoyed by host of glorious performances that sustain an engagingly quirky and whimsical style. A pleasantly charming film that blooms then blossoms.