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Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage.
***Dinner with Gilliam - 9th Course***
Once upon a time there was a director of films named Terry Gilliam. Terry was a strange man who made strange, yet delightful films about imagination. One day, Terry decided to make a film based on some other great purveyors of fantasy, the Brothers Grimm. In his film, the Brothers were a pair of con-artists who must confront actual magic to save their lives and find their ways, and thus they lived happily ever after. Except they didn't, because Terry's The Brothers Grimm was aggressively bland at best and downright dreadful at worst. You see, the Brothers were played by Matt Damon, who seemed confused as to why his hair looked so silly, and…
An earnest attempt (considering the year it was made), but this was barely watchable by today's standards. The wolf was so fake, just like Heath Ledger's stilted acting. This one was all about the women - Lena Headey and Monica Bellucci. Peter Stormare brought some fun too. There were countless references to the Grimm brothers' fairytales, but they were so random and scattered that it seemed like they were just inserted for the sake of doing so.
This is the last of Terry Gilliam's films I have to review (and happy birthday to the director, who turns 74 today).
And again ... it was a bit of a disappointment.
This came from a period in Heath Ledger's short career where he was about to hit the big time with 'Brokeback Mountain'; he'd been a jobbing actor up to this point moving from supporting roles in the likes of 'Monster's Ball' to leading roles in 'A Knight's Tale' and 'Casanova'. But still, he didn't have the edge which suddenly took flight in his last handful of films, and here he doesn't really own the screen.
Matt Damon has been the proverbial pretty boy ever since 'Good Will Hunting',…
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By coincidence, I followed A Fish Called Wanda starring John Clesse and Michael Palin with The Brothers Grimm directed by Terry Gilliam, another Monty Python alumni.
Unfortunately, The Brothers Grimm is nowhere near the finest work of Terry Gilliam, in fact, even without seeing all of his films yet, I believe this is his worst film.
The Brothers Grimm is a complete mess. It's very unfunny, both Matt Damon and Heath Ledger are lost in their roles, the special effect are horrible, the story is extremely muddled and by the half way mark of the film you'll realize you've made a terrible mistake.
BOX OFFICE. 💰💰💰 💲105.3 million
Quite all right, if also very flawed and uneven. Obvious studio sets and equally apparent CGI. Director Terry Gilliam, who is perhaps best known for his Monty Python movies, seems to have taken a downfall in quality in latter years. Granted that he's never made a movie that truly "wowed" me, but considering his capabilities, this is no doubt below par for him. What's fun about this film though, is that it incorporates so many of the real Grimm bros' fairytales. Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and many other classics are interweaved into the plot. It's just a shame it all ends up being so lackluster. The prologue is a joke of an introduction and despite good efforts from Heath Ledger and Matt Damon, the story never ascends. In summary: worth a look, but nothing you'd regret missing.
Perhaps the least-loved item in Terry Gilliam's filmography, I've always had a sneaking soft spot for this studio-compromised attempt to make an '80s-style fantasy comedy out of the tales of Jakob and Wilhelm. The narrative is all over the place - as soon as it's set up the central plot it's veering off on tangents about children lost in an enchanted forest. Like The Zero Theorem (a better movie in some ways, but a less enjoyable one) I came away reflecting on how Gilliam's films are usually a lot better when he's got more control over the script. Time Bandits and Brazil go off on a lot of sideways trips, yes, but you always know who the heroes are, what…
Nothing inherently wrong with the work itself, which is funny and sometimes imaginative; it's just that the way it's put together is ludicrously choppy. It feels like one is watching a brutally trimmed down bootleg cut of a three-hour movie.
It's so bad, it hurts. And it hurts to know this is from Terry Gilliam.... the only highlight is a foxy Lena Heady and the odd gimmick here and there
Una mezcla desordenada de fantasía, comedia y aventuras, The Brothers Grimm quiere ser una película de fantasía que a la vez quiere reírse de ellos. O al menos eso quiere hacer al principio. Es una pena, entonces, que luego abandone ese ideal
Se pueden ver en la pantalla las notas de los ejecutivos insistentes en hacer la cinta más marketeable. "¡Más CGI!", imagino que dijeron. Y es que a demás demostrar que no ha envejecido muy bien gracias a un poco juicioso uso de efectos especiales generados por computadora, The Brothers Grimm también marca su edad al querer referenciar cada cuento de los hermanos Grimm, pero con la idea de reírse de ellos. Es como si hubieran visto Shrek y…
How can a movie so bad look so good on paper?
Terry Gilliam is weaving us yet another fairy tale of two pals on an unpredictable adventure that heads into sinister and dangerously bizarre territories in... "Fear and Loathing in 19th Century England"-I mean, "Fear and Loathing in French-Occupied Germany". Hey, Matt Damon and Heath Ledger did a plenty fine job with the wrong accent, though Johnny Depp, with his mastery of dialects, probably could have convinced us of both the setting and this film's being a sequel to "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" if it wasn't for the fact that, you know, he just wasn't quite famous enough to star in this film. It's weird how the producers had such a high standard for status when it came to…
I didn't enjoy it that much for itself, but it featured an interesting critique of modernity and the disenchantment of nature: that discussion made the film enjoyable, but not enough to alleviate the pain incurred by witnessing the inclusion of every Grimm Brothers fairytale in the least fairy-tale-like-way possible.
Even though the characters (and dialogue, for that matter) were completely silly, the film managed to entertain somewhat.
The Brothers Grimm is a film that had a very interesting idea, but squanders whatever it has due to such an underdeveloped film, it’s in the first half-hour where things get wobbly, and it goes downhill from there. After a while, the film loses its entertainment value and becomes rather dull. Afterwards, the film falls apart and it ends up being a bad film with nothing to offer, and it’s easily a forgettable feature, and in the long run, proves to be a lazy effort that just doesn’t have anything going for it to warrant a viewing. The talent here is a wasted, and act below their skill. The Brothers Grimm could have been a great affair, but it never…
I personally believe this movie is a bit underrated, criticized harshly and unfairly. The Brothers Grimm is quite entertaining - yes it has flaws but so do many films. It is not a perfect movie but it's a pretty good fantasy adventure.
What I did not like about this movie: The Mudd Monster (or whatever it was suppose to be) that was just too much for my taste. And I did not like the literal shattering of the wicked queen witch at the end of the film... the shattering mirror yes, queen no.
What I did like about the film: Everything else. The story was fun. The acting is good. But my favorite part is the visuals - it is…
This movie is definitely for kids, but it was good to each a Heath ledger movie that I haven't seen before. Even in this he was a great actor.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…