Before I begin, I feel that I have to give a little but of a warning. I’m going to be pretty much be gushing over this movie for the next few paragraphs, I loved it, so with that in mind, keep reading.
The Brothers Bloom, right from the start, made its way onto my list of “favorite movies ever”. Almost everything about it is exactly what I want to see in a Con-Man movie. It keeps you guessing, and just when you think you know whats going on it pulls the rug out from under you and you’re left wondering how you were so wrong. Its smart, funny, and beautifully shot and has intelligent people in unpredictable situations reacting in very smart ways, plus it has a really hot asian lady, that doesn’t hurt either.
The first thing I noticed when the movie started was the camera-work. This is not taking place in our world. Its some world where these people and Amélie Poulain live, where everything looks breathtakingly beautiful, and everything is framed and cropped just so. The scenes have a great depth to them. Characters walk down a dark path in one part of the frame, and some lights will flick on in sequence in the background. There is just so much to take in. I feel like I could watch this movie a hundred times and still see new things with each subsequent viewing.
Mark Ruffalo, Adrian Brody and Rachel Weisz are charming, witty, and immediately likable characters. I really liked how they managed to show the differences between the two brothers and how Bloom (Brody) is always getting crapped on while his brother Steven (Ruffalo) is coasting through life without a care. They manage to distill this down to simple use of props at times like the interaction with the sugar shaker. Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), even though silent for the majority of the movie, has tons of personality and her fair share of charm as well. Plus shes really hot.
I really cannot recommend this movie more. It was awesome.