This movie has been on my radar for quite a while. Rian Johnson is a director who makes himself available to all kinds of media outlets. I've never seen his first film, the indie Brick, but I only saw his second film, The Brothers Bloom, because he is a regular guest on the podcast /Filmcast. He's a smart and funny guy and the fact that he's humble enough to shoot the shit with some film nerds while not pandering to them in the slightest, really won me over.
So I watched The Brothers Bloom. And I did not particularly care for it. But I still kept up on his projects. When he came on /Filmcast and talked about his next project being a time travel movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, I was definitely intrigued.
I don't particularly like time travel movies. There's always some paradox that goes unexplained or glossed over that just drives me up the wall. I do like Back To The Future and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure but that's about it. Maybe 12 Monkeys too. But Rian Johnson was so emphatic that he was working to wrap up the loose ends inherrent in a time travel story, that I had to give it a chance.
So we went and saw it yesterday. And it is a very good movie. But leaving the theater I had one glaring question in my head that seemed like a huge oversight in this time travel movie whose director claimed to have left no question unanswered. So I went to the internet to try and find the answer. And it was there that Rian Johnson won my fandom. Not only had he made himself available on podcasts but he had participated in several interviews and Q&A's.
My question was answered satisfactorily and this is a movie that I will not only buy on Blu-Ray but I will also be rewatching with the director's commentary as well. That's something I've only ever done with Fight Club and Memento. Very interesting film. Highly recommended.