In The Brothers Bloom, Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody star as the title characters, con men who decide they're going to take advantage of a lonely but rich hermit, played by Rachel Weisz. But what they don't suspect is that she is more daring and clever than first imagined. Oh, and when one of them starts falling in love with her, that doesn't help either.
It's admittedly been a couple mounts since I watched the movie, and thus this review may lack some detail. I was looking forward to The Brothers Bloom since the first trailer hit the waves, long before it was delayed half a year and given a limited release in May 2009. The limited theatrical release sums up the picture quite well, actually: it's good enough that a select group will enjoy it, but not good enough for the masses.
The movie is generally entertaining, with comically flighty performances from the three leads. There are enough developments, twists and turns to hold attention - somewhat - and the actors seem to have fun in their respective roles. After all, doing a con man movie can only be fun, right?
Unfortunately, the movie continually forces the question: why should I care? For whatever reason, The Brothers Bloom failed to hold my attention consistently: I'd focus when a twist or turn emerged, but the substance leading up to each of these points... well, lacked substance. The movie just never clicks into gear.
The Brothers Bloom, with its great cast and fun concept, had potential, but it falls short of living up to that potential. In the end, it is entirely forgettable.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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