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The Brothers Grimm

Terry Gilliam's fantasy film in which the famous storytelling brothers have fantastical adventures.

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  • Dec 25, 2005
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Few complain when writers and directors take a fresh take on an old story: at times the new approach even enhances the original. Sadly, that is not the case with THE BROTHERS GRIMM. Though Terry Gilliam is well recognized as one who makes magic out of old things retold, this time the magic seems to have been concentrated on costumes, weird head pieces, claustrophobic haunted villages, and animated effects. As a result the story is left behind and without a decent script, leaves little for the actors to mold into anything.

This telling of the Brothers Grimm is more grim than fantastical. Instead of fairytale writers, these misanthropes are snake oil salesmen out to purge villages of their demons (all a part of show that pays them well). Matt Damon and Heath Ledger are the wily two and try their best to make the story happen. Interspersed in the derring-do are snippets of the fairytales that came from the imagination of the brothers and they serve as sidebars of some interest, albeit distorted versions, intensely altered versions of Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Ridinghood, etc.

There is a reason this film took so long to make and ran up high production costs: the production company was trying to make it work and failed. Mildly entertaining but hardly worth the long hours it seems to take to tell it. Grady Harp, December 05

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review by . November 22, 2008
Recall your happy childhood days   And your favorite bedtime story   Well this one isn't one of those   It's dark and gross and gory     The Brothers Grimm travel the land   Removing "spells" and "curses"   I'd love to tell you all their tricks   But it'd take too many verses     Suffice to say they con their way   As experts in their field   By recreating old wife's tales   With …
review by . July 30, 2007
British comedy is not for everyone, and british action flicks are really not for most people, especially when starring American actors. Once you understand and accept this fact of life, then you realize how good a movie this really is. The storyline is simple; the two Grimm brothers (Damon and Ledger) are traveling con men in Napeolonic Europe. They use their knowledge of optics, chemistry, physics and psychology to create apparitions in isolated villages, and then appear to save the villagers from …
review by . April 01, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
THE BROTHERS GRIMM is a thrilling adventure from the mind of Terry Gilliam set against the backdrop of a fairy tale with two protagonists pulled from real life. The story stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as Will and Jacob Grimm, the two scholars of history who traveled throughout Germany gathering the old fairy tales and legends that had been passed down through the generations through storytelling and collected them together in one collection. Except, the Will and Jacob Grimm in THE BROTHERS GRIMM …
review by . August 08, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Terry Gilliam's 'The Brothers Grimm' has a lot going for it. Stunning visually and occasionally funny, this madcap farce could have been great. Heath Ledger and Matt Damon give spirited performances as Wil and Jacob Grimm. Furthermore, the cinematography is beautifully illuminating, and the scenes are filled with cliff-hanging adventure. So why doesn't it all work?    The components are all top quality, but it doesn't really come together. There are even two plots skillfully …
review by . November 05, 2006
This movie is almost like Evil Dead meets Ever After and Van Helsing, while Sleep Hollow provides the backdrop. This movie is like a mainstream B movie. There were times I found myself laughing out loud at how cheesy or genuinely funny the movie was. I would say Matt Damon and Heath Ledger didn't do a bad job acting, however both of their performances aren't anything to get excited about either.    It is worth watching this movie just to see some of the set design and SOME of …
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