A whimsical throwback to old fashioned con movies like Trouble in Paradise
, The Brothers Bloom
is pretty freaking delightful. It's the sophomore effort of writer/director Rian Johnson – whose debut film Brick
melded neo-Noir dialogue and high school drama into one uniform, hyper-stylized alloy. The Brothers Bloom
mixes modes in this way as well, but it draws on a broader catalogue of inspiration, and definitely goes for something way more boisterous and playful.
It starts with the fabled back story of the two main characters, con-artist brothers Stephen (a heavy, grizzled-looking Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (a gaun...