Monday, 27 October 2008
LFF: The Brothers Bloom
I was a huge fan of Rian Johnson's Brick and had been very much looking forward to his sophmore effort The Brothers Bloom which I finally saw this morning. It certainly didn't disappoint. A delightful, clever, engaging, intricate, and very knowing screwball comedy revolving around the titular siblings (Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo), a couple of con artists out for one last score, it confirms the promise Johnson showed with his dazzling high school noir debut and reveals he's no one trick pony. With globe-trotting locations, a pleasingly eccentric plot and enormously appealing turns from Brody and Ruffalo as well as Rachel Weisz and a near silent Rinko Kikuchi who utters just three words throughout, it rambles a trifle towards the end but has such charm, ambition and a surfeit of ideas, it's impossible to dislike. Romantic and funny, it's one of my favourite films of 2008.