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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.
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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.
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…
I put this on a number of years back, and promptly had a nice nap. It's been on HBO a lot recently, and in small very dose it seemed like it would be up my alley, but lord what a chaotic shitshow when taken as a whole. Looking over Gilliam's filmography, it seems he may have never told a coherent narrative, and any resulting structure is from randomly throwing ideas and visually appealing vignettes at the wall and seeing what sticks.
I really did not like Heath Ledger or Matt Damon in this movie but somehow it still works for me.
The merging of the Grimm fairy tales is fun to look for as the movie unfolds.
I generally love Peter Stormare but his character doesn't work for me. Jonathan Pryce does a pretty good job in this.
Lena Headey is so sexy in this movie as is Monica Bellucci.
The EFX are mostly digital but really work as they make the tales come to life.
Everyone has a favourite director, who they will always be willing to stand up for all of that persons films, either defending it against the naysayers or admitting to the flaws of one; my favourite director is Terry Gilliam, and although I have yet to see two of his films ("Jabberwocky", and ("Tideland"), I have a deep fondness, love and appreciation for the ones I have seen - with "The Brothers Grimm" I see it as a comprised film, due to the interference of the studio (especially after reading the "Dreams and Nightmares: Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Grimm, and other cautionary tales of Hollywood" book by Bob McCabe, which detailed Gilliam's original plans for the film, which were changed by…
This movie was very badly acted and there were many plot holes.
Confession: mainly chose this film based on the fact Heath stared in it. Was not fully aware of how things occurred in this movie. Has the feel of The Princess Bride, but not as witty. Maybe another viewing would improve that opinion?
The Grimm brothers were indeed collectors of local fables that later became fairy tales: the Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Snow White... All of them are subtly referenced during the movie. I don't know if they were in fact some sort of scammers, deceiving people with some manufactured witchcrafts. That's an interesting way of mischief the gentle tale's creators stereotype.
When they arrive to the enchanted forest they no longer believe in hauntings or curses. The real world where such thing couldn't exist, turns into a magical one where everething is possible, even fairytales.
Although it's an interesting concept, its development ends up being somewhat predictable. I think the writers could explore a little more this plot. Anyway the film itself can be a fairy tale and I also like this simplicity. He referred me to my childhood.
Terry, Terry, Terry... what happened, man? I have no words. Actually it's just that it isn't worth the words I have got. This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. So much so that I'm making a list of the worst movies I've ever seen and I'm putting this on it. Thus concludes the attention I'll pay to this rubbish.
It's a fun idea to tangle together all these Grimm fairy tales into one narritive story that centers around the two people that scribed them. Of course, it's not a terribly original idea (done before in Van Helsing and done recently in Goosebumps). This movie is certainly dated when it comes to visual effects, and the bleak and bland locations get tiresome to the eyes. It does have lots of fantastic and fun moments from the fairy tales, most of them are quite engaging. This movie could have been a lot better.
Extremely dated CGI, even for its time, distracted painfully and meshed horribly with the great real life sets. I was quite bored throughout this viewing and wasn't paying much attention, and I'm not sure if it was the quality of the movie or just my mood. I'll give this another shot in another few years.
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