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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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Gruesome twosome

  • Nov 22, 2008
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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 henchmen they've concealed

When forced to face against their will
A curse that may be true
They don their armor, saddle up
And do what they must do

The best part of this twisted tale
Is picking out each part
That comes from treasured stories
That you've come to know by heart

The movie doesn't measure up
The effects are second rate
Morphing werewolves, walking trees
And French accents that grate

Though darkly funny in some parts
And grossly weird in others
only Belluci saves this tale
Of story telling brothers

Rated:3.5 stars


Amanda Richards

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December 31, 2008
It's funny, you know, that I was really disappointed by this film. All of the actors are great and director Terry Gilliam is brilliant, but the plot is soooo predictable and the editing is soooo clumsily done. I just couldn't get in to it. I've been wanting to review it but I'd have to see it again. I think my rating would have been around a 4 though.
 
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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 …
review by . December 25, 2005
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 …
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