The Brothers Bloom Review

May 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm (Movies)

I had heard so much about this film, how good it was, how creative it was, and it turns out every single thing I had heard about the film was absolutely correct. The Brothers Bloom is a genius, witty, funny film that stands the test of time and remains one of, if not my favorite film. The story follows too brothers, Bloom and Stephen, two con men who along with their assistant, Bang-Bang, go across the country, contriving elaborate stories or scripts that Stephen writes and Bloom plays in to steal money from others. After long, the life of a character begins to take it’s toll on Bloom, what is actually him and what is actually his character begins to fade, and it all comes to a head as he meets the girl of his dreams that just so happens to be the group’s next and final target. One thing Director Rian Johnson nails on the head in this story is the idea of conceiving a wildly fantastical and whimsy story, but also accompanying it with just as well-thought-out characters to inhabit that world. Each of the characters, whether it’s Mark Ruffalo’s Stephen a.k.a. the Big Shot, Adrien Brody’s Bloom that is dealing with the anguish of his life, Rachel Veisz’s Penelope who is simply a mess of a person and “collects hobbies” (and of whom this movie made me have a crush for haha), or Bang-Bang’s silent but destructive nature, each one alone could be a main character that anyone could connect with or enjoy watching on screen. The story of the film is near-genius, and connects on a lot of levels so that you’re constantly interested in what’s going on or what’s coming next, or laughing at the witty dialogue Johnson’s wrote for the film. Although the story can become a little too convoluted nearing the third and final act, it all works for the best for the way the story and plot is set up and keeps the viewer guessing. All of the performances stand out, the scenery is continuously gorgeous (the characters go from a wildly beautiful mansion to a luxurious boat to a luxurious train to another beautiful mansion and it all fits into how vivid and beautiful the life the Brothers Bloom live. There’s so much to see and feel with the movie by the end of the film you’re just waiting to watch the film all over again just to catch what you may have missed. The score for the film, composed by Nathan Johnson, is also stunningly brilliant, and has brought me many times to listen to many of its tracks over and over again on my iPod. There’s style oozing from this movie in its sharp characters and the way the world works, however the class of the movie never becomes more important that how much fun it’s supposed to be, and that’s something Johnson thankfully never forgets. There’s nothing I could think of that is wrong with this movie. I can’t recommend The Brothers Bloom enough, whether it’s the engaging story, the funny nature and class of the film, the score, the scenery, the characters, this is a benchmark of what truly-rounded films should be. There’s adventure, there’s comedy, there’s romance, it’s a truly perfect film that I could recommend on any of those sole merits.

5 out of 5

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2 Comments

  1. The James said,

    I need to see this eventually

  2. earlman27 said,

    It’s really really great, I think you’re behind Leslie on that dibbs list haha. A truly perfect film.

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