June 9, 2010 § 1 Comment
Have you ever seen “Pushing Daisies”? If you haven’t, it’s an American show that was sadly cancelled after 2 seasons. The main appeal of Pushing Daisies for me was not only it’s cool story (a guy who with a touch can bring back the dead, with consequences), but the sense of humor.
It had that quirky, sarcastic-but-not-really, witty and giving that feeling of “we live in a happy world” even if the situation was weird, sad and random. The opening sequence of the pilot is the best example of that. Anyway, I went to see “The Brothers Bloom” today and I immediately thought of Pushing Daisies.
Maybe because the movie starts with two kids and a sad background, but mostly because the movie has the same sense of humor that made me love that show. An eccentric humor, matching it’s eccentric characters.
So, Brothers Bloom is directed by Rian Johnson (yes, with an i), who I had never heard of before (apparently his movie “Brick” is really good). His direction is excellent, the angles, the camera movements (specially when Adrien Brody is on screen) and all the actors are superb. He adores long takes and sequence plans, which create a suavity and beautifully and stylish shots.
The vintage costumes make you a bit confuse about the time the film is set, but then again, they’re all so elegant and classy and matching that sense of false reality that you don’t really mind. Plus, the locations that go from Greece to Prague to St Petersburg are a show itself.
The cast is excellence in its nature. The Bloom’s of the title are played by Mark Ruffalo (as Stephen, the older and mastermind) and Adrien Brody (as Bloom, no first name, “the vulnerable anti-hero” as he puts it).
Both amazing and I must here open a parenthesis to talk about Brody. I finally understood how people can find Sarah Jessica Parker beautiful even though she looks like a horse. After seeing this movie, I fell in love with Brody long hands and beautifully sad expression. Ruffalo’s Stephen is almost a cold con man (that’s the brothers profession) if you didn’t know all he does is because of his brother Bloom.
In addition to that, we have an already classic and priceless character on Rinko Kinkuchi’s Bang Bang. She’s a crazy Japanese girl, who speaks pretty much only three words in English (“Campari” and “fuck me” as far as we can tell), with a things for making bombs and great skills on disappearance tricks. She’s cool, that’s all I’m saying.
You would think that this is enough to have an excellent movie, but no! We also have my darling love Rachel Weisz – who NEVER disappoints me. She’s a crazy millionaire that doesn’t really care about her money, eccentric as they come, collector of hobbies (in one of the most hilarious scenes of the movie) and “an epileptic photographer”. I fell in love with her from scene one and no wonder you don’t question Bloom-junior feelings either. Add to that Robbie Coltrane’s Belgian-maybe-French presence and the evil man (who maybe I was the only one who saw it, but also abused children) Diamond Dog (DD – maybe a reference to Dad, since he’s the only paternal figure actually present in the brother’s life).
The chemistry between Brody and Weisz is incredible. Their scenes are full of an awkward sexual tension and you never really know what she’s thinking. The way Johnson shot their first kiss actually brought tears to my eyes, because of the sincerity of it.
More than that, the movie has a great story to tell. A story about unwritten lives and playing parts, pretending to be someone and how happy we are as long as we don’t realize that we’ve been lied to. Brody’s Bloom wants to escape from that fake world that Stephen created for him, but he can’t because the world outside cons is just as surreal.
To some extent the movie refers to acting and fooling people (that reminded me a lot of “The Prestige” by Christopher Nolan). Adrien Brody is a depressed man wanting to get out of the con life, but he doesn’t know what to do with himself. All he knows is how to play parts that his brother gives to him.
Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise when the climax of the movie (and there are so many you’ll get confused which one is the real one, that is it’s biggest fault) is set on an old, decaying theatre. We can see the end of their careers. Show is over, close the curtains.