Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Rinko Kikuchi.
Synopsis: From the director of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, comes a film about two of the best con men in the world. Swindling millionaires with complex scenarios. Now they’ve decided to take on the one last job, showing an eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.
Review: Two adopted brothers start out at a very young age conning people out of money. One day they get into real trouble by their adopted parents for their nefarious dealings. This causes the adopted parents to return the two boys back to the state from which they adopted the two brothers. Fast forward twenty years later and we have our story. Bloom ( Adrien Brody ), wants a real life. He is 30 years old and he wants a life where he is not pretending to be someone else. His brother does not want him to quit being a con man so he talks Bloom into doing one more con before he retires for good.
So Rachel Weisz is in yet another con artist movie like her film Confidence (2003). She is very charming, even for the character she play who is an agoraphobic, antisocial, shut in, trust fund baby, with hypertensive disorder, who is inappropriately excited by thunderstorms, yeah seriously. This is one of her most eccentric performances ever. Adrien Brody does great in this film. He brings a lot of charisma and charm to this movie. The movie is well cast and its good to see a film where the actors have depth and acting range. Its actually really refreshing to be honest.
For our main protagonist Bloom, the film is about him finding himself. Both Penelope and Bloom are people who are looking for their place in this world of theirs. He is not sure what he should do with his life. That’s kind of pathetic at his age to be honest. I would have though that he would have gotten himself a real career by now. Even if he was doing his nefarious dealings in the past, you would think that he would stop when he became wealthy. You would also think that he would stop conning people out of money so that he would not end up in prison. He is not sure if he should love his target Penelope or stay away from her. Regardless of him being a con man, he still has his principles strangely. I think he is a little too trusting. With the life he has now, Bloom is absolutely miserable.
The cinematography is perfect. I was expecting nothing less from the director Rian Johnson. So many shots are perfectly framed. The wardrobe is very good and high quality. The set dressing is great. The lighting is well above average. The movie has excellent pacing. There is an element of comedy in this film. The characters have depth of character. Its good to see that Rian Johnson knows how to film a slower pace film. The movie is complex but not too complex, with one plot twist after another. The film keeps you guessing, always. Interesting movie. Not a bad watch.
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