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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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Wondrous and crazy

  • Jul 30, 2007
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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 these demons. The local French ruler (Price) uncovers their ruse and sends them on a mission to solve a real mystery in a German village. They, of course do, and proceed to become local heroes.

There are numerous aspects of this film that are quite impressive and admirable. First of, this is one of the few films to accurately portray European village life before the Industrial Revolution. The roads are muddy, the people and their clothes are dirty as daily bathing is unknown, bad hygiene (missing teeth, etc...) is universal, superstition is ingrained in daily thoughts and speech, and children of both genders often wear the same clothes. None of the Musketeer films have done such a good job of portraying rural Europe circa 1800.

Second, the action scenes are deliberate and integral to the story. There are no grand war scenes, nor eye-catching CGI. Every action scene progresses the story in some way or another, and each is innovative. A good example is when the farmer's horse swallows his daughter.

Third, the casting was quite good. Lena Headey was perfect in her role as the village outcast. She was attractive, but not too much as to cast doubt on the validity of her role as village outcast. The choice of Monical Belluci as the Mirror Queen was also great. She is very attractive, but for a queen who is centuries old, Belluci's natural age was a good fit. And Peter Stormare does quite well as local henchman.

I saw this movie twice; once at the theater and once on DVD. The DVD viewing is much better because I could read the subtitles. Terry Gilliam made this movie so authentic that a lot of the dialogue includes strong accents that can be lost in a movie theater, but which is captured with subtitles.

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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 . 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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