The Brothers Bloom
Since childhood, the Brothers Bloom have never been seperated. They have had a rely on each other as they got passed from one foster home to another. As they grew, they learnt new ways to become self reliant, finally discovering that they both had a knack fro being con men of the highest level. This knack however is embraced more by one brother than the other, setting up the story for some internal conflict that will have to be sorted before the end of the film.
So the basic premise is simple, and the plot doesn’t deviate much form the predictable – the film kicks into high gear when the brother who’s actually named Bloom (Adrien Brody) allows his brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) to con him into doing one last con.
This isn’t to say that the film as a whole is predictable, there are sunrises along the way, and the entire film is set up in such a way as to present you with a massive twist at the end of the film, that will make everything else worthwhile.
Now The Brothers Bloom is pitched (at least the trailer is set up as) a laugh out loud comedy. But it’s not. Bloom does have it’s moments, and will have you laughing, but if you expecting a riotously funny 2 hours, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Instead, what director Rian Johnson has managed to produce is a rather quirky drama with a nice amount of comedy to carry it along. The characters are great, especially the non talking side role of the Bloom’s explosives specialist side kick, aptly named Bang Bang.
The only real letdown is that the plot is sometimes so thin, you start to wonder how the person being conned doesn’t see through it. But then you realise that that’s just part of the quirkiness of the whole affair.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: May 5th, 2010
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, Rinko Kikuchi
Length (Minutes): 109
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Johnson, Rian