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The Brothers Grimm is full of beautiful imagery, but the story is labored and less than enchanting.
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The Brothers Grimm has enough haunting, fairy-tale imagery for 10 movies, but no emotional kick to drive those images home.
It's kind of cold and it's kind of a mess, but I thought it was a glorious mess and it looks so great and it is so interesting and there is so much going on that I have to recommend it on a very mild level.
This time, Gilliam's storytelling is even more convoluted than his bookkeeping.
Jammed with stuff and all but empty of drama.
The best thing to be said about this expensive but drab wannabe mirthmaker is that it has some of its director's quirky touches.
The result is something that might best be called Monty Python and the Holy Mess.
At times this fanciful romp lurches uneasily between violence, slapstick comedy and sublime escapism - in other words, it's pure Gilliam.
Wide-eyed, messy, lustrous, rich with enchantment, both giddy and perverse
The only redeeming feature is the hope that [director Terry Gilliam's] salary from The Brothers Grimm,/i> will help him set up a good, old-fashioned Gilliam film, in the tradition of his excellent early work.
The movie feels thoroughly like a project Gilliam did halfheartedly, just to stay in the game.
A disjointed, ear-splitting, visually-jarring, mirthless exercise in pandemonium that director Terry Gilliam tries to pass off as family entertainment.
everyone involved in the production appears to have become lost in the dark woods, hoping somehow to find their way out with an incoherent trail of compromises.
The Brothers Grimm is Terry Gilliam's first film that lacks a surealist personality and a interestingly mind boggling concept. Besides the marvelous visuals and the capable cast, this is a Terry Gilliam move that doesn't feel at all like a Terry Gilliam movie. It feels rather studio structured and is terrified to go to the places Gilliam is screaming for it to go to. He's one of the few artistic film makers working today who understands visuals and depth and if you give him his space he can make something very remarkable. If your going to make a fantasy film with a worthy director you have to allow it to go somewhere, this doesn't. But on a positive note I think the industrialisation of it forgot to enclose Gilliam's signature humour and brilliant changes of tone. There's some good humour in the film, I laughed a few times, I think it will please primarily the popcorn crowd. But if your someone like me, a huge Terry Gilliam fan who admires his ambitions for artsy cinema, this is best avoided.
Terry Gilliam gives us this unique congregation of the well known Grimm fairy tales, built around a traveling pair of con artists bilking superstitious country folk who are put to the test when they stumble onto the real thing: an evil witch ( which is sorta like The Blair Witch Project come to think of it - w/o the video cameras). Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, and the always wonderful Peter Stomare head up the spooky proceedings with aplomb.
One of the few (if not the only) movie(s) I have walked out of in theaters. The film wants to go many places, but fails to go to any of them. Extremely boring, don't bother.
This movie was entertaining yet it lacked something. It does have a lot of potential in it. It was like a mixture of different fairy tales. But somewhat, it just couldn't reach the awesomeness.
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