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The Brothers Bloom

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on June 26, 2009

I saw The Brothers Bloom last Sunday. The trailer made me hope for a movie full of adventure, cons, and dark humor and the film did not disappoint. Writer and director Rian Johnson crafted a marvelous movie. It’s the best confidence scheme movie I’ve seen, but it’s not all about the cons. It has romance without ever being sappy. It has violence without ever being too serious. It has gentleman thieves and a killer girl sidekick named Bang Bang. How can you beat that?

The Brothers Bloom exists in a world all its own. Where people send telegrams, always wear the appropriate hat and cross to the continent on steamers. It has all the twists but none of the gravity of a Nolan film, and that is what makes it so much perfect. By staying away from heavy-handed messages, The Brothers Bloom can float its theme merrily into the minds of the audience. “The perfect con is when everyone gets what they want.”

Of course, the movie requires you to put on your Suspension of Disbelief glasses at different moments. Bullets only hit who the story needs to be shot, the marks always act on cue and questions are left unanswered. But none of these things detract from the magic – in fact they craft it. For in the universe of The Brothers Bloom, every one goes by the plan. Maybe because they all know, “There’s no such thing as unwritten life, only a badly written one.”


I saw the movie at The Rialto Theatre in Raleigh, NC. It’s a wonderful one screen theatre that only shows small films – the kind of theatre any art student would love to own.


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  1. Bridgette said, on June 26, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I so need a theater like that! It’s not showing ANYWHERE near me!!!
    This is a fabulous review! You’ve sold me more than the trailer. I can’t wait to see it!

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