Movie Review: The Brothers Bloom (Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz) 2009

Posted: December 2, 2012 in Drama
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Stephen (Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrien Brody) are orphans.  They don’t stay in foster homes for very long, they don’t make friends easily, they move around a lot, so they form an unnatural reliance on each other.  Because they don’t have friends and become jealous of the kids in each town, they start conning the kids.  The brothers lead one group of kids into a cave in search of a whippoorwill, not only do the kids pay the brothers Bloom, but they make an agreement to split half the cleaning bill with the local laundry.

As adults Stephen and Bloom set their eyes on a new mark.  A lonely young heiress from New Jersey, named Penelope (Weisz) who learns other peoples hobbies and makes them her own.  The con involves Bloom falling for Penelope, them getting Penelope to buy a rare book, which isn’t rare at all, giving the money to an associate of the brothers called the Curator,(Robbie Coltriane)  and ditching Penelope in Mexico.  The plan hits a snag when Bloom really starts to fall for Penelope?  Will Bloom tell Penelope that they are con-men?  Or will he and Stephen make off with Penelope’s money?

I didn’t like this movie.  I don’t like Mark Ruffalo, something about his face and voice together annoy me.  I don’t like Adrien Brody, his whiny voice and deadpan delivery drive me up a wall.  Rachel Weisz is starting to bother me too, playing a dimwitted American heiress, who seems to be up for anything to escape her boredom.  I kept waiting for her American accent to slip, it never did, but I could tell it was phony. The story moves along crisply enough, and I wanted to see if there was a twist to the con game, there never was.  There were however, two false endings and a story long on style, but short on substance.  The last half hour was positively sleep inducing.  My favorite con artist movie was not the Sting, it was Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, with Steve Martin and Michal Caine.  This movie doesn’t even approach the Sting or the hilarity of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, I wish it did.

The Brothers Bloom.  It wilts.


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