The Brothers Bloom

2008 [english]

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Drama / Romance

The Brothers Bloom

2008 [english]

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Drama / Romance

68%
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6.8

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6.8

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Synopsis

A pair of brothers - the Blooms, are probably the best con men in the world, Before they get out, they've decided to so one last hustle; as wine and dine an eccentric heiress the time of her life, with a romantic adventure, around the world. —Huggo.

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  • Reviewed by TheOtherMovieGuy grade 8 / 10

    Surprisingly good and that confuses people

    I genuinely had no idea of what to expect in this movie when I started it as I just pulled it from a pile of movies to watch, but I walked away positively surprised and satisfied. It was a really good movie. "OK", you might think. "So how come there are so many negative comments here then?" Have I lost my marbles or am I saying that all the negative reviews are wrong? Well, of course not. In fact, I understand some think this film was a turkey but I will get to that later. But first, as you may have guessed already, I thought it was brilliant and quite refreshing. I'll even be as bold in saying that they hardly make movies like this any more (and I can say that against the background that this review is written in 2020, 11 years after the film premiered). I found the film well scripted, excellently cast and the filming locations were selected and captured perfectly. In case it wasn't already obvious, making movies is an expensive business and the selection of filming locations have a massive impact on the overall cost of the film hence why so many films try to film outside the LA, California and US in particular. You want to use relatable environments so that the audience can connect to the culture, life and events that the director tries to convey in the film. And far too often we see movies filmed in low(er)-cost countries such as Romania, Serbia, Czech Republic etc and they just feel, well, cheap. Not here though ! Here they did this masterfully and every shot perfectly captured the soul of each location the way the director wanted it to be experienced by the audience. The trio in the leading cast (Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo) exuded confidence and realism and they truly lifted this intricate plot and made the story feel alive. Rinko Kikuchi's character, on the other hand, felt underdeveloped and could have been worked on more to add more depth to the story and this is probably my only negative feedback.....but, this is my opinion. And after all, a movie is the Director's work of art and it is not for me to tell him how he should express his own vision. But why did I say in the beginning of my review that I understand why some rate this film a turkey? The long and short version is that movie audiences have been spoon-fed crap movies for decades. Formulaic action/comedy/romantic dramas that certainly entertains while you're in front of the screen but are as forgettable as they are hollow. So after decades on an unhealthy diet of rubbish, the standards have now been set at such a level that the average consumer no longer expect that the entertainment value in watching a movie should be more than a fleeting encounter or not just 90 minutes of killing time. I know that this will be hard for some to swallow but that's the raw truth. Watch this film while not expecting the standard fast-paced action, tear-dripping dramas and mindless one-liners but expect instead honest acting, good scripting and quality movie making and you'll find that there is great lasting entertainment value in this film.


  • Reviewed by rooprect grade 8 / 10

    If Mephistopheles were a good guy...

    Reviewers have noted "The Brothers Bloom" 's similarity with the films of Wes Anderson, and rightfully so. My first impression was that this film is like "The Royal Tenenbaums" meets "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (Frank Oz). But there's something more, an undercurrent of masterful planning and architecture, as if some invisible puppet master were pulling OUR strings, not just the fictional characters'.Then it hit me. This is very much an Orson Wellesian approach. If you're not familiar with Welles, the self-proclaimed fraud, trickster and amateur magician, consider that your next assignment. In all of Welles' films (especially check out "F for Fake") he assumes the role of a benevolent puppet master, controlling the audience perhaps more so than the actors on screen. As my title implies, the Wellesian modus operandi is a very devilish approach, but it's a good devil. A playful devil. Like Puck in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night, nobody really gets hurt (and if they do, well... it's all in good cheer).That said, here's the setup of "The Brothers Bloom"A master story writer "Steven" (Mark Ruffalo) scripts these elaborate con jobs, dragging his reluctant brother "Bloom" (Adrian Brody) into the drama. Over the course of their illustrious, illusionary lives, Bloom becomes dissatisfied and decides to quit the con business. Steven agrees to let him go, if he will agree to do one last con...What makes this film work is that it's full of bizarre, suspenseful, clever twists which we realize are all carefully planned by Steven. This sets up an air of passivity amongst the audience as we realize we are being taken for a wild ride, and someone else is in control so we can just sit back and enjoy it. In that sense, this is an anti-thriller (a thriller being a story that keeps you stressed out, wondering what random mishap will befall our existentialistic protagonist next). "The Brothers Bloom" experience reminds me of a Hollywood haunted hayride where you know all the monsters are actors, so you relax and have a great time.But trust me, this does NOT get boring. On the contrary, it keeps you on your toes trying to second guess the author. And each time he bests you, you smack your head and say "Ahh good one!"The artistic style of this film is quirky and fantasy-like with hyper saturated colors, elaborate sets & grand locations which take us far away from our regular day-to-day. This is the director's way of assuming complete control over us. We are taken into a bubble, a micro universe where every detail is significant & carefully planned. So leave your preconceptions at the door and strap yourself in for whatever goes.


  • Reviewed by Matt Greene grade 7 / 10

    Delightful

    I don't know why, but I always seem to fall for movies that seem untrustworthy, like they might be lying to us at each turn. This especially works when the movie itself is about trust and lies like Brothers Bloom. Ambiguous in its ethics and story, its hyper stylish, hyper beautiful, hyper plotted, and just plain hyper. Sure, it's not quite as deep as it thinks, but it's too much fun for me to be overly bothered by that.


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