Recently I went with some dear friends to see The Brothers Bloom, a story about con artists trying to pull off that one last job. Plot-wise, I'd say it was three stars — good ideas, but the execution had a few holes. Acting-wise, a solid five stars, which was to be expected with a cast including Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo, Robbie Coltrane, AND the lovely Rinko Kikuchi (best known to Americans as the deaf-mute teenager in Babel), who nearly stole the show out from everyone.
But stylistically? Is it okay with you guys if I break the unspoken rule?
Because this was definitely worthy of SIX shiny, shiny stars.
This film was gorgeous. The lighting, camera angles, locations — Prague! Greece! St. Petersburg! And the most beautiful element of all? Yeah, I'll say it.
My friends and I could not get over the wardrobe. Heck, I'm still not over it, two weeks later. It kinda makes me want to make out with the costume designer, Beatrix Aruna Pásztor (who, according to IMDB, also did the sumptuous costumes for Vanity Fair).
Let's take a moment to appreciate her good work, shall we?
It's all very Sartorialist, no? Happy sigh. The pretties, the pretties.
Quickie list of other things I'm loving right now:
(2) Gummy Sour Candy
(3) Radiohead's Com Lag (2Plus2isFive) — a surprise gift from Best Husband Ever, Jarrod. How did I not know this existed? Where was my memo?!
(4) Sarah Dessen, fellow North Carolinian and author of brilliant summer reads. Yes, there are cute boys in her novels. And also intelligent writing and real characters. And cute boys.
(5) The Tudors — I enjoyed watching the first season last winter, and now I'm indulging in season two. LOVE. THIS. SHOW. The screenwriters have stayed close to the historical record (this is one of my favorite periods to study), and the acting is superb.
I'm looking forward to season three, when Henry will get more disgusting and Cromwell will get more desperate and more people will lose their heads for dumb reasons.
What are you loving right now?