The Brothers Bloom
"The Brothers Bloom" by Yojimbo
One of two brothers and professional con men is persuaded by the other to embark on one last job, but is the object of the exercise the eccentric millionairess or the unhappy grifter himself? I loved Rian Johnson's debut Brick and The Brothers Bloom has the same kind of literary, post modern feel to it. It is a lighter, more quirky affair however, reminding me of Jeunet's work with its blend of the surreal, odd ball yet likeable characters and nods toward silent comedy. It can seem a little self consciously wacky at times, but its charm and enjoyable characters save it from becoming too self-satisfied. The chemistry between Adrien Brody's guilt riddled con artist and Rachel Weisz's socially awkward heiress works really well and the convoluted plot, something akin to a cross between Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Game doesn't take itself so seriously as to stumble toward aimless self indulgence. Always amusing and oddly fresh for a modern heist movie, it's a bit like a Wes Anderson film. If they had plots. And were funny.