Orphans Stephen (Ruffalo) and his younger brother Bloom (Brody) spent their troubled youth perfecting their natural-born con artist abilities. Now grown up, the moody Bloom decides he's had enough of the game but a persuasive Stephen gets him to do one last con. Enter eccentric heiress Penelope (Weisz) who's looking for a little excitement in life but of course Bloom complicates things by falling hard for their mark. A familiar farce that's still appealing enough, just as is its cast--Weisz, especially--with a gorgeous European backdrop. But writer/director Johnson makes it a little too hyper and witty for its own good.
Rian Johnson's debut film, Brick, was a riveting noir, an announcement of a new writer in love with how he could manipulate the English language in a brave new way. Brick was an underrated gem that hinted at creative things to come. But would Johnson fall victim to the ...Read More