I'm not sure if I am going to have my film reviewers membership card yanked for saying this, but The Brothers Bloom was one of the most delightful, entertaining films I have seen so far this year. That's right, no complaints, no "but...", just a straight out positive review of a film that works beautifully on so many levels.
The first of these levels is that in a bold move the distribution company released a "preview" trailer that I recall watching a few months ago, the first seven minutes of the movie. You can still find it online with a bit of Google help I watched it - it's very wry and amusing, you should watch it too - and I recall thinking "nice, I want to see that film".
Problem was, the film is an indie, released by Summit Entertainment during the beginning of the summer "tentpole" season and it hasn't gotten any visibility against such blockbusters as Star Trek, Night at the Museum II, Terminator Salvation and more. Which is too bad, because in many ways I think that The Brothers Bloom is a much better example of the art of film making, from its acting to its focus on storyline, to its witty segues and exotic locales.
A few days ago I noticed it was still playing in the local theater, stuck on the small screen at the local cineplex against the blockbusters, and on the strength of the seven minute preview trailer that Summit had released, I went to see it.
And I'm really glad I did.