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The Brothers Bloom

3

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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