Thursday, October 29, 2009

You know what a goddamn banana seat is

I'll this preface this post by saying that I am a big fan of writer/director Rian Johnson. Brick is one of my all time favorite movies and I have spent quite some time watching the dvd extras, reading about him, and scouring his web page, which is frequently updated with anything he finds interesting. So for months, I've been dying to see his second film The Brothers Bloom.

I was a little nervous about the movie at first because Brick was truly an independent film. It was shot in 20 days, for under $500K, using all 35 millimeter film. The special effects were all super neat in-camera tricks. The actors were all pretty much unknown except for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is my favorite actor. The Brothers Bloom is a studio film with famous actors and a large budget. That being said, it wasn't filmed in a studio, but on location all over the globe, which adds a true sense of adventure to the conman love story.

The movie was great though. I had nothing to fear. Adrien Brody was a doll, Mark Ruffalo a cad, and Rian Johnson even found a way to write Rachel Weisz a character I could actually love. The story focuses around two orphaned, brothers, Stephen and Bloom who grew up conning their way through towns and foster homes. As adults, Bloom becomes tired of being a conman, but decides to stick it out for one last time. The brothers set their sites on the wealthy, eccentric Penelope Stamp. Hijinks, explosions, and fake blood ensues.

Though not as good (in my opinion) as Brick, Rian Johnson stays true to his roots, writing his scripts the way "Russian poets write novels, with thematic arcs and embedded symbolism." He even pays homage to Brick with cameos by Levitt, Noah Segan, Lucas Haas, and Nora Zehetner.

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