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The Brothers Bloom 2009

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Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac), and Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) star in The Brothers Bloom, a globe-trotting comedy about the last great adventure of the world's best con men.

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Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody
Runtime:
1 hour, 53 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Adventure, Comedy
Director Rian Johnson
Starring Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody
Supporting actors Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane, Maximilian Schell, Ricky Jay, Zachary Gordon, Max Records, Andy Nyman, Noah Segan, Nora Zehetner, Ram Bergman, Craig Johnson, Dubravko Jovanovic, Esme Tyler, Jovan Vitas, Ana Sofrenovic, Vladimír Kulhavý, Alek Rodic
Studio Summit Entertainment
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By ConsumerAdvocate (dakotad555) at (gmail) dot (com) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2009
Format: DVD
Whimsical, sentimental, colorful, and both funny and awkward, THE BROTHERS BLOOM is original in its context and characters even if the plot itself is relatively predictable. The tale of two brothers who learn at an early age their skill at pulling off confidence schemes (all in the film's well designed and funny first 10 minutes). They continue to run cons into their early thirties when Bloom (Brody), the younger of the two, is faced with a bit of a quarter-life-crisis and decides to quit conning alongside his older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo). Of course he returns on the premise of helping Stephen carry off 'one last job,' the most glaringly cliched element in the entire film. All is forgiven however as the cast of characters unfolds, and director Rian Johnson rolls out more story arc. We meet Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), a semi-mute Asian woman with a penchant for blowing things to pieces and Penelope Stamp (Rachel Weisz), a billionaire heiress & collector of strange hobbies. Weisz is convincingly awkward, funny, intelligent, and ultimately lovable. Weisz, Brody, and Ruffalo give good performances but are still all outclassed by Rinko Kikuchi's portrayal of Bang Bang. She communicates much with few to no words. She is the master of the subtle facial expression and she singlehandedly raised this film from 3 stars to 4 for this viewer.

Rian Johnson's directorial style resembles Wes Anderson's, but with more of a penchant for sweetness. THE BROTHERS BLOOM is littered with sentimental twists, moments, and visuals. Johnson's craft is still developing, with his this, his sophomore effort, falling slightly short of his wonderful first film Brick.
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For all people who love the beauty of awkwardness and a wonderful dialogue between characters, this movie is for you. The humor and charm of the first half of the film is only made more enjoyable by the heartfelt latter half. Enchanting performances by all particularly the short appearances of The Brothers in their youth, though Brody, Weiss, Ruffalo, and Kikuchi all deserve acclaim.
For some reason movie critics tanked this gem, but the people who went to see it tend toward rave review. Perhaps the critics weren't paid for a positive opinion in a timely manner, or maybe they just can't let themselves enjoy a piece of cinema that isn't some crappy Hollywood remake. See with friends, and I hope you enjoy it as I did.
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This is a fun little film. The idea that a story of control and bigger issues was written around a con is a interesting story line. The movie itself is a cute con with fake endings and lots of fun. It does take on some life issues. Is your life being controlled by someone who loves you or do you enjoy the freedom and pain of writing your own script. The idea that the writer of the script (older controlling brother) having to die to free his brother is intriguing. I am sure deeper stuff is present in this movie and a thoughtful person can have loads of fun just trying to pick up the angles in the picture. It is just a fun movie more than all. The "mark" is well played by a zany Rachel Weiz. Brody and Ruffalo do a great job too.
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I thought that this was a fun little movie. Not a funny movie I wouldn't call this a comedy. It was like a child's ride at the amusement park. It moved along at a pretty good rate, it was entertaining to look at and there were a few surprises. What took this from a 3 star amusement ride to a 4 star fun movie was all the characters... I liked all the characters and I really enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know them.
This was a little like Steve Martians movie "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" if you're open to that type of humor than you might enjoy this. But as I alluded to before this wasn't laugh out loud funny but the characters were much more engaging.
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This is an unfailingly delightful and rewarding film.. I was absolutely charmed by it, enjoyed its humor greatly and was very impressed with its creative use of settings. However, all of these statements suggest a light-hearted, frivolous, even superficial experience. Wrong, very wrong. This is a profound account of a dysfunctional but co-dependent brother+brother relationship.
This film probes deeply into what can go wrong when the love is strong but the liking is almost non-existent. Many of the scenes are whimsical and the whimsy is deftly handled, but when issues become serious, the film rises effortlessly to seriousness. The performances of the three principal players are incandescent, with Mark Ruffalo especially convincing. This is character-driven cinema at its very best - and rewarding. One other element that I really, really enjoyed and it is one of the most unusual aspects of any film in my memory, that is, many scenes are filmed in such a way that the setting COULD BE the nineteenth century. It's uncanny. I don't why this was done, but I loved the sheer virtuosity of it. Just another element of this film's wonder!
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A slightly Mad Magazine style of storytelling propels this cutesy tale of con men that constantly begs the question of who's conning whom. I enjoyed the constant bits of business that occurred within the frame plus a fine cast of very watchable talent. And this may be the weakest aspect of the film. I grew weary of the sad-sack, longings looks from Adrien Brody and the forced wackiness of Rachel Weisz. These are actors I genuinely admire but, as good as they are, I didn't buy their characters for a moment. This film would have benefitted with a cast of unknowns--people whose on-screen personas are completely unknown to us.
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