There are always that few select movies that you don’t really know about, but you still go to see them in theaters and they stick with you for a while after the credits appear.
The Brothers Bloom is one of those movies for me.
Coming out in 2008, The Brothers Bloom did not do well at the box-office despite its all-star cast featuring Adrian Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel Weisz. It was directed by Rian Johnson, who most recently did Looper with Joseph Gordon Levitt, but this movie is far more accessible than that one.
Stephen (Ruffalo) and Bloom (Brody) Bloom are con men and their latest mark is the rich and beautiful heiress Penelope (Weisz), who has been shut away in her mansion due to a mistaken allergy testing as a child. Bloom promises her an adventure out in the world in order to swindle money from her, and they set off. Trouble arises though when Bloom finds himself falling for Penelope, and their relationship starts to pull the brakes on the con.
The film is beautifully shot, taking the characters around the world and featuring a zany cast only Anderson could mirror. In fact this film is very “Andersonian” in certain cases, so you have that to look forward to if you’re an Anderson fan. The soundtrack is also phenomenal, composed by Nathan Johnson (cousin to Rian). Go check out “Penelope’s Theme” for one of my favorite character themes ever.
The movie isn’t all entirely whimsical though, it does become a bit grim and bittersweet, but it’s all worth it, and the ending is beautiful and will leave you smiling and sad at the same time.
So, if you want a great unheard of movie, go check out The Brothers Bloom and discover a great tale of love and adventure.