October 12, 2009

Justify My Netflix: The Brothers Bloom

(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)

The Brothers Bloom

Today's movie: The Brothers Bloom, 2009 (Amazon | IMDB | Netflix | Wikipedia)

Why I added it to my queue: Because it's the much anticipated follow-up to director Rian Johnson's phenomenal high-school-noir debut Brick, this time using a much better-known cast (including Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, and Adrien Brody "at his sexiest," according to several Facebook friends) to tell a comedic yet convoluted caper tale about two con-men brothers and their final foil.

The reality: Meh. I don't know, maybe it's that I found Johnson's last movie to be so remarkably good, but I just found myself a little disappointed by The Brothers Bloom -- funny and smart to be sure, but with elaborate mechanics behind its plot points that seem really forced in a lot of places, and with a whole cutesy-weirdo Wes Anderson vibe only not done nearly as well (not to mention that I'm rapidly tiring of cutesy-weirdo Wes Anderson type movies to begin with, even when they're from Anderson himself). That said, those who haven't seen Brick are sure to like this a lot, not to mention those into smartly-done caper movies, those who enjoy complicated storylines, and those are simply aren't sick of Wes-Anderson-style cutesy weirdness yet. It's not exactly bad, not exactly great, which is why today it gets only a weak recommendation.

Strangest piece of trivia: Tom Cruise almost produced this movie and played the lead role, and in fact had a three-hour script session with Johnson that highly influenced its final version.

Worth your time? Eh

Filed by Jason Pettus at 2:37 PM, October 12, 2009. Filed under: Movies | Reviews |