The Brothers Bloom (R. Johnson, 2008)

The Brothers Bloom (Rian Johnson, 2008)

The Brothers Bloom is an enjoyable movie, and Rachel Weisz does everything she can to steal the show and detract from the flaws of the film, but it just became too much by the end. With characters continuously conning everyone and each other, we have no idea who anyone really is. What can you trust about these people? Even Weisz’s character, who is so charmingly innocent, starts to put off a vibe of doubt by the time this is done. Maybe if Johnson had shoved the con plot into the background and made this more about Weisz and Brody’s character’s relationship I would have loved it.

Johnson does do a good job with tone. The film always feels light no matter what’s happening and the cinematography matches the tone perfectly. The visual style might not have been my top preference, but it works best with what the film is. So, this isn’t bad at all, but I don’t think it reached its full potential. Oh, and the character of Bang Bang was extremely annoying. Having an Asian chick whose sole purpose is to dress hip and blow stuff up is a Tarantino-esque move. 6.75/10


2 Responses to “The Brothers Bloom (R. Johnson, 2008)”

  1. I really enjoyed this movie. It was one of those right movie at the right time for me. Shall be interested to see how it holds up upon a repeat viewing.

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