If you can dream it, you can animate it, even a high-calorie surrealist heist picture. Milorad Krstic’s “Ruben Brandt, Collector,” a propulsive lark as choreographed as a trapeze act, runs with the blissful freedom higher-budget feature animated work has exulted in for decades, and on a giddy plane that could not possibly be realized as live action. Ruben Brandt is a psychotherapist who hopes to escape nightmares he’s had since a child: his task is to steal thirteen canvases with a band of fellow brigands from the citadels of art: the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, the Louvre… The price on his head escalates by millions and tens of millions as Brandt skirts a hopping and bopping neo-noir globe. Eager to please, snazzily imagined, “Ruben Brandt” (Rubens meets Rembrandt) is a whipsmart joy. With the voices of Iván Kamarás, Gabriella Hámori, Csaba Márton. 94m. (Ray Pride)
“Ruben Brandt, Collector” opens March 8.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.