The Brothers Bloom (2008)

The Brothers Bloom
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Cast: Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane, Maximilian Schell

Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrien Brody) are broterhs and con artists. They are working together with Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi) and have successfully pulled off quite a few heists already. But Bloom has grown weary of their work. He quits, only to be hauled back in by Stephen for one last job. Their target: Penelope (Rachel Weisz), incredibly rich, very weird and beautiful. Even though it goes against his instincts, Bloom agrees to go along with it as he’s intrigued by Penelope. But things keep twisting and turn out quite differently than originally planned.

The Brothers Bloom is fun and especially with Penelope they created such a wonderful character that you can’t help but love it all. It’s a really nice, entertaining film.


I have to admit that I’d probably have to rewatch the film and rethink a few of the storylines and plot twists to be really sure whether there really were no plot holes. But then again, I didn’t really mind the ins and outs and at least there was nothing so glaringly obivously wrong that it couldn’t be ignored. The breakneck-speed at least meant that you were pulled along.

And what I really did love were the characters. Foremost Penelope. She’s rich and spoilt, but she’s also altruistic and self-aware. She has a sense of humor and a sense of adventure and it’s just fun to see her enthusiasm. She’s a bit naive, but also really smart. And Rachel Weisz is brilliant, as usual. (Why hasn’t got this woman all of the awards yet?) But I also liked Bloom and Stephen and Bang Bang (Bang Bang is fantastic). Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rinko Kinkuchi were great, too.


I also loved the little things that gave the movie a slightly unhinged-fantastical feel. Like the celebration for the brothers. That they were wearing hats and suits as kids already. Penelope’s mansion. Bang Bang’s barbie explosives. This is a movie that doesn’t try to be a realistic heist film. Instead it revels in the fact that movies can use hyperboles and it does so.

In short, it is so much better than I expected (from the fact that its imdb score isn’t very high and that I think it never got a proper release in Austria). Also, I want to marry Rachel Weisz.



Summarising: Yes, watch.

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