For the first act or so, this movie is absolutely perfect. As the film goes, it takes a big dip in energy and loses the thread a little bit, all of which may be intentional, but is a little rough in sticking the landing. Still, the end result is terrific.
In typical Rian Johnson fashion, The Brothers Bloom is a rumination on our relationship with stories and performance. It is, for all intents and purposes, a movie about movies. It's also about brotherhood (I mean, obviously), and the artifice that comes with courtship and romance. Through it all, The Brothers Bloom is about what we tell ourselves and how we occupy ourselves just to live our best lives. It's surprisingly moving that way.