The Brothers Grimm 2005

The Brothers Grimm

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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, Wilhelm (Matt Damon) and Jacob (Heath Ledger), are dysfunctional schemers who go from town to town putting on shows that convince inhabitants they are getting rid of demons. After one such scam, a mysterious man called Cavaldi (Peter Stormare) brings them to a French general, who persuades them to battle the evil that has kidnapped 10 girls from a small village. During the investigation, the cynical Wilhelm and sensitive Jacob see things that point to real magic at work.

Cast & Crew

Matt Damon
Wilhelm Grimm
Heath Ledger
Jacob Grimm
Monica Bellucci
Queen Mirror
Mirosláv Táborský
Miller
John D. Schofield
Executive Producer
Dario Marianelli
Original Music
Newton Thomas Sigel
Cinematographer
Lesley Walker
Film Editor
Guy Hendrix Dyas
Production Design
Frank Walsh
Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for The Brothers Grimm

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Audience Reviews for The Brothers Grimm

  • Jul 20, 2012
    A interesting view on the fairy tales. Loved the ideas about how The Brothers Grimm were really demon hunters/con artists and stumbled upon the real witch who captured the girls in various ways in the village to serve her deed. The costumes were superb, some of the slap-sticks were actually quite well used, but there were quite a bit of plot holes that could be fixed. At times melodramatic, but overall quite entertaining.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2012
    Terrible. Not just a bad movie, but a disturbing one as well. Though it was maybe a bit interesting at first, the annoying quirkiness of this film and its characters, combined with the disturbing nature of the settings, makes the viewer want to stop watching after a few minutes. If you didn't see this the first time around, don't make the mistake of seeing it now.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2011
    This movie tries a little too hard to weave a captivating story line that it shows from beginning to end. There are far too many random plot points, unnecessary plot developments, and poor vain attempts at aloof characters. While it could be argued this movie would benefit from an animated version to play off on its overall movie immaturity I still think it couldn't work. The talents of Damon and Ledger are both squandered here and a lot of the portrayals of both the German and French characters are downright offensive and keep in mind this is even with someone like Jonathan Pryce and Peter Stormare helming some of the supporting cast. And for good measure they tried to appeal to the female audience by throwing in a random strong female character. But they messed that up too as she unfortunately falls into the cliche as a damsel in distress role; as a result end her character is uneven and yet another unnecessary tangent this movie takes. If this movie was maybe half an hour or so shorter focusing on the main story line, didn't bother with all these caricatures, and didn't try so hard to make an enchanted atmosphere I might have enjoyed it... instead I feel underwhelmed and a little insulted.
    Jason T Super Reviewer

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