The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Writer: Rian Johnson
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, Rinko Kikuchi
con men brothers with a non-english speaking, japanese explosives expert in tow try to con an eccentric, recluse baijillionaire out of a couple million by involving her in a faux smuggling adventure. younger brother falls for baijillionaire.
i liked it, but didn't love it. it was missing something i just can't put my finger on. the characters were awesome, the story was good...i don't know. i told moster that it was clever, not witty. i can appreciate it's intelligence, i just didn't laugh. i smiled. sometimes. bang bang was awesome.
i kind of feel like this was very wes anderson story telling, with the outrageous characters, and the melodramatic cons that the older brother stephen would write, but it wasn't colorful and bright and well placed as a wes anderson movie. i don't like comparing because i think this rian johnson deserves something and to be called a copycat to someone like this is worse than death. but it did keep popping into my brain.
i will say that i didn't know how the heck things were going to be resolved in the end. that is a major plus. the convolution between real life and the con, always questioned was a great way to stomp on predictability.
i have been really excited waiting to watch this movie. it didn't live up to my expectations. i think i gatsby-ed it. it wasn't a bad movie. in fact, i would recommend it, but i just thought it would be better.