The Brothers Bloom


Some ruffians con their way across eastern Europe

After bleached out highschool noir debut Brick, Rian Johnson could have chosen an easier second album than this precariously featherlight con-artist caper, in which Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo lead Rachel Weisz’s kooky heiress on a merry dance across eastern Europe in search of priceless MacGuffins.

But there’s enough heart, soul, flair and subtext to The Brothers Bloom to offset its jaunty hipster affectations and migraine-inducing twists.

Filching its narrative quirks and pacing from The Sting and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Johnson’s timeless sharp-dressed shaggy dog story is deceptively deep(ish) despite the razzle-dazzle.

Decent extras, including an interesting alternate ending.

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