Being that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.
The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed)
Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites.
Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists
For my review this week, here are my thoughts on…..
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jun 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Two con-artist brothers join forces to create the greatest con that will help them end their careers with a bang
My Take on it – This is a movie that I’ve heard people talk about over the years, but never really had a desire to see it, because it just didn’t sound like the kind of film I’d enjoy.
Boy, was I right.
The con-man idea has been done many times over and over, but the way this was presented just felt very off settling for me.
The narration, made it feel like we were entering a magical story, but similar to watching an illusionist or magician do an amazing trick, you know it’s a trick, but aren’t sure of everything that is transpiring for you to be deceived so easily. The “con” here just doesn’t feel genuine enough.
The Sting (1973) is one of my favorite con-artist films because it takes the “con” story to a higher level and delivers on every point tried.
When watching a con movie take action, you want one that will amaze you and make you enjoy yourself the entire time you are watching all the twists and turns.
This movie didn’t give me that feeling.
Similar to Director/Writer Rian Johnson’s earlier film Brick (2005), this movie left me wanted a lot more than it could deliver.
There are movies that meander along and make you constantly wonder where it will go. This can be a great quality in an intriguing movie, but this movie leaves a very mediocre feeling at best.
I can’t say that I’m sorry it has taken so long for me to finally see this. 😦
Johnson did an amazing job with his next film Looper (2012) and apparently he needed to make a movie like this before he could get his stride, let’s hope that continues with the future Star Wars movies that he will be directing.
Bottom Line – I liked the overall con-man premise, but I didn’t like the delivery at all. Similar to Brick (2005), I found the tone to be off settling. There are much better con-man movies out there. This movie meanders along and makes you unsure of where it is going. This can be a good thing, but not here. I now know why I avoided watching this for 6 years.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ricky Jay, the narrator, is an actor who has appeared in films for such filmmakers as Paul Thomas Anderson and David Mamet, but he is perhaps better known as an expert on the histories of magic, “spirit” photography, and con artistry, and as such is a logical choice to narrate a film about con artists. Rian Johnson had originally asked Jay to play The Curator, but Jay’s schedule didn’t allow for that, so Johnson hired Robbie Coltrane for that role instead (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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