I was just doing a random search for Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed a masterwork in 2005 called Brick, that I caught by chance at the Angelica Film Center in downtown NYC. I was just praying that this guy was writing his own ticket on some huge new project with Oscar potential. It must be fate because he is working on a new project called The Brothers Bloom. While it’s not a “huge” film, it is ripe with Oscar folk, with a cast that includes Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane, Nora Zehetner, and Maximilian Schell as a character called Diamond dog.
Johnson’s Brick fleshed out a modern suburban world of neo-gangsters, Philip Marlowe-styled teenage private detectives and dead bodies with more character than most live ones. The film had a mood and style that gave me hope for American filmmaking again. Something completely out of left field, that didn’t need to be classified “indie” to be good. It was just a great film.
Now onto Johnson’s follow-up, The Brothers Bloom. The comedy-crime-conman-caper film hits theaters on October 24, 2008. I am just finding out about the new film as I write. I am a bit jet-lagged after just getting back from a S.D. Comic-Con/Las Vegas romp, so won’t go into too much detail in this entry. I’m just happy to see this guy with a vision is still getting the opportunity to bring it to the screen.
Visit the website at www.thebrothersbloom.com, although you might think you’re visiting a site for a high-end art museum, rather than a film.
Watch the trailer for The Brothers Bloom below:
You can also view the trailer RIGHT HERE.