On the surface the trailer for The Brothers Bloom looks like your average con movie with a pretty cast. But the movie has one big thing going for it – it was written and directed by Rian Johnson. Now, Johnson’s name isn’t a household one but it will be one day.
The Brothers Bloom is his follow up to the shamefully underseen Brick, which essentially launched the adult-acting career of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Brick was a masterful work of film noir. A detective story set in high school. It’s one of my favorite movies and the layers of intrigue make it rewatchable. Seriously, do yourself a favor and go rent the movie if you haven’t seen it.
Now we have Mark Ruffalo, Adrian Brody and Rachel Weisz. The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. Ruffalo and Brody are the brothers and Weisz is the heiress.
AICN seems to be the only mainstream movie site following the movie and both Quint and Moriarity (the only reason to keep reading that site) seem to agree that this is something special.
The movie is a great throwback to a better era of film and filmmaking. Even at the rough stage I saw it in (a few unfinished CG elements, like smoke and? chainsaws? yes, chainsaws?) the film flowed well and kept me surprised, which is a treat when you?ve read the script and you?re still surprised by the twists.
That one was from Quint and from Moriarty we can gleam that:
Although I think the film?s very funny in many places, I wouldn?t really describe it as a comedy. It?s more like the comedy in the film is there to warm you to these people. The more they make you laugh, the more affection you feel for them, and the more affection you feel, the worse it hurts when Johnson starts to play rough. There are always stakes for the characters, and it?s easy to get lulled by that same false sense of security that the characters do.
Sounds like we could have a movie that again, if not given a big enough marketing push by Summit Entertainment, could fly below the radar. That would be a shame for Johnson who strikes us as a talented filmmaker.
Look for The Brothers Bloom on Oct. 10.