All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
The Brothers Grimm
Eliminating Evil Since 1812.
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',…
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…
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.
What a waste of two hours.
Fallida y defectuosa como es, le da mil vueltas al puñado de películas parecidas que nos ha dejado la última década, porque Gilliam nunca ha sido un gran director, pero conoce al menos el material con el que trabaja, sabe qué es lo importante que se transmita en la pantalla, sabe de qué va todo esto.
um bom filme acerca dos irmãos Grimm e com boas atuações. cumpre a que foi proposto.
I feel a little sorry for Terry Gilliam. He sometimes gets thrown in the same bag as Malick, which I think is unfair. Malick is just a pretentions asshole, whereas Gilliam actually ties. Most of the time he has an interesting vision, that somehow just dissipates in the execution. Which is what makes me sad, because I want to like him. I have a huge respect for his Python days, even if his animations were my least favourite parts. And then there was Fear and Loathing which was (literally) a trip. And 12 Monkeys.
Anyway. This movie, sadly, is a mess. I love the idea of a tribiute to the Grimm brothers, but this is too all over the place, mixing and mashing together dozens of fairy tales, some of which had nothing to do with them. The CGI is a bit shaky and the otherwise solid cast is wasted on silly moments. Sorry, Terry!
Unfortunately, this is one example, one good example, of how a bad film could make an unexceptional talent like Heath Ledger seem ridiculous. This is how Disney's INTO THE WOODS would have been like had it gone wrong and had it been an adult film.
*Sees the witch* Seriously?!
*Sees looks exchange* Oooh! I see where this is going...
*Film ends* What the hell did I just watched?!
It turns out a film can be horrible as fuck even though is packed with great actors.... Ones whom I love whilst I'm at it.
Also irgendwie war das einfach nix. Gilliam hat ja eigentlich ein Händchen dafür, abgefahrene Geschichten unterhaltsam und lustig zu erzählen, aber hier versagt er da doch ziemlich kläglich. Die Grundidee ist gar nicht mal schlecht, aber leider kann sich der Film zu keiner Zeit entscheiden, was er denn jetzt eigentlich sein will. Düstere Momente wechseln sich ab mit dämlichem Slapstick, während die teils überzeichneten Figuren dann wiederum mit der völlig normalen Schwester durch den Wald tingeln, wo dann wieder schwacher Humor geboten wird, kurz bevor es wieder zum Horror übergeht. Die MIschung passt einfach nicht, ist zu unausgewogen. Für einen Horrorfilm nicht düster genug, für eine Comedy nicht lustig genug, für eine Horrorkomödie auch wieder zu wenig von Beidem. Über…
Alweer een heel goeie film van Terry Gilliam!
Wat als de verhalen niet enkel verhalen zijn...
So much potential, but it doesn't quite work. Good actors, a good director and a decent idea, but the movie is a tonal mess, never able to balance its comedy with its drama.
Terry Gilliam's trademarks (vibrant characters, loony slapstick, and special effects spectacles) are put through a post-modern lens similar to that of Van Helsing and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. If those those two films are any indication, The Brothers Grimm isn't very good, but Gilliam's love of the fantastic makes it at least watchable.
In terms of vibrant characters, The Brothers Grimm is packed with them. Ledger turns inward as an endearingly obsessive dork and Damon continues to do what he does well, play an aggressively selfish man in the shape of a hero, but the Peter Stormare steals every scene as, in true Gilliam exaggeration, an overtly slimy, sadistic, and totally insane French torturer that gets stuck babysitting the…
I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
Also, anything mentioning…
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