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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…
Un tropiezo en la carrera de Terry Gilliam, quien entrego una película plana aun cuando estaba tan llena de grandes posibilidades.
A setback in Terry Gilliam's career, he delivered a flat film even though it was so full of great possibilities.
I don't know much about the grim history but the story here was interesting and entertaining to watch. Good actors and incorporation of old fairy tales.
I feel bad for all the great actors Terry Gilliam tricked into being in this. I bet Matt Damon, Heath Ledger and Lena Headey were excited to be in the next 12 monkeys (1995) or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and Terry was just like, "Ha! Take that!" This movie was pretty pathetic. You can tell Terry was going for a Tim Burton/Sleepy Hollow (1999) feel and he failed miserably. The Brothers Grimm (2005) is the first Terry Gilliam movie I've seen that I flat out hated. I still have hope though because I hear Brazil (1985) is good. There were few things about this movie that I liked. For one, I like the idea of the Brothers…
Recuerdo esta película con tanto cariño.
La vi por primera vez de chiquita y aunque me pareció algo oscura, me había encantado; volviéndola a ver hace unos años ya quedé todavía más fascinada con la manera en que unen las historias y le dan un sentido dentro de la historia que daría lugar a que ellos después las reformularan.
Don't you hate it when film posters don't use the right punctuation? The Brothers - Grimm
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?
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…