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The Brothers Grimm Reviews

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½ August 16, 2017
The movie is extremely ridiculous
July 29, 2017
June 2017, I'm being generous...
July 10, 2017
Once again Gilliam demonstrates imagination to spare in his clever weaving of fairy tales into one mythology. The way he brings in their chroniclers for in-jokes and involvement in their own stories is similar to what Shakespeare in Love does for the bard and his works. Unfortunately, unlike that film, but like many of the director's visions, the imagination and story are let down by an inability to emotionally grip the viewer, there is simply nothing to get a handle on enough to get invested in.
June 5, 2017
I wrote this as the film played out. No way do I want to watch it again in order to write something more coherent!
Initially just plain deadly dull. Makes Van Helsing look like a towering masterpiece.
It doesn't so much have a plot as characters repeatedly telling you what the plot is. Nothing is terrifying - the actors just say they are terrified.
It's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang without the Car or Neuschwanstein or Gert Froebe or Caractacus Potts or Truly Scrumptious or the children or Robert Helpmann or Benny Hill. It's the Singing Ringing Tree without the singing ringing tree.
Matt Damon and Heath Ledger are the two most miscast actors in the history of cinema. Between them they have the charisma of Chitty's spare wheel. Damon is the worse of the two, but that's mainly because he gets more lines. They pronounce Kassel (rhymes with hassle, just as it is written) as "Karzel"!
In theory the idea is that the two brothers (philologists, not authors) accidentally get into one of their own fairy tales looking for missing children, but that doesn't begin until more than half-way through, and it's only incidental. The context for the whole is the Napoleonic wars, which regularly intrude, and it seems that the French represent modern tyrannical unimaginative realism (or the USA or Hollywood), whereas the Germans represent an older, more imaginative idealism, but given 20th c. history, the unintentional irony is pretty bitter. And in the end the Grimms' world is not destroyed by the French, it self-destructs. Or is that meant to be historical? Gilliam has a degree in politics, so anything is possible, but you'd be foolish (I know I have been) to try to read too much into this movie. 113 minutes wasted from your life.
½ May 4, 2017
So underrated. This film was great veg-out brain candy. Not brilliant, but fun to watch. Reviews might have been better if Gilliam weren't set up for such a high standard.
½ March 25, 2017
good historical/bio picture
March 20, 2017
Gilliam's most commercial film yet oddly charming.
February 26, 2017
It was something to watch... could probably have been more interestin though. I just can't put my finger on why.
½ February 26, 2017
Director Terry Gilliam has always had an interesting take on filming (see 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'), and this same sense of wittiness and drama comes through in 2005's 'The Brothers Grimm.'

That said, the film is far from perfect, and despite having A-list leads in Matt Damon and the late Heath Ledger, 'Grimm' stumbles and fumbles all over itself due to a series of missteps. The two-hour trek through many of the fairytales that were brought into this world by German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm feels like a mish-mash of moments from some of the better known stories as opposed to a logical storyline. Sure, there is a plot that revolves around a small town in French-occupied Germany that keeps losing its young girls to a haunted forest. But the execution is really sloppy, even for a veteran director.

Overall, 'Grimm' suffers from an identity crisis. It can't figure out if it wants to be a dumb comedy or a violent action vehicle, so it tries to be both. This is where the film falls apart, because there are a few scenes that are memorably funny, and there are a few scenes that give 'Grimm' a poor man's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' feel. But the majority of the film is a mess, all over the place and filled with unlikable characters and awkward dialogue. Damon and Ledger are too good for their roles, and while there are strong supporting performances from Lena Headey as a woodland warrior and Monica Bellucci as an enchanted Mirror Queen, the acting is a noticeably weak link here.

While it's fine to give Gilliam and co props for trying to give a new spin on such a legendary story, it's fair to say the mark was sorely missed this time, and 'The Brothers Grimm' is just another misfire of a summer blockbuster.
½ January 3, 2017
It's good movie to watch
December 22, 2016
A charming film directed by the visionary Terry Gilliam, showing the best of himself without being aware of the choice of two characters: a pair does not fit between Damon-Leadger
November 20, 2016
Wow. So bad. I had been wanting to see this movie for a long time and I saw that it was available on HBO Now. I generally like Terry Gilliam movies, but I couldn't get through this one. About 40 minutes in, I just fast forwarded it to the very end and pretty much skipped through all of it. Terrible
½ October 23, 2016
this film is much greater than many other movies I saw last 10 years. Ok, it's not perfect, it's a little bit messi and the ending suck. but hey, it can't be worth of all fake cendrillon, little red hood and all those sucking christmas movies potter's like we've got. Mr Gilliam, you deserve all our respect sir, please never stop making movies.
½ September 24, 2016
If you look into this film's production history, this mess makes a lot of sense- it's essentially Gilliam bound and gagged by Hollywood executives, resulting in a movie no side wanted. Hence, it is a mostly woodenly acted, non-sensical pile of crap with Gilliam's visual cherry on top when the budget allows it.
½ August 14, 2016
A strange watch, indeed. I don't mind its dark quirkiness, but some of these FX are just bad and this story.... a desperate mash-up does not a coherent story make.
May 15, 2016
great production design, costume, and makeup. acting worked extremely well. the story though, was jumbked, like the sequel to super hero movie with too many villains... but it was fun to watch
½ February 29, 2016
Good visual effects, but the movie is poorly written and overall just bored me to death.
February 9, 2016
One which used to be a childhood favorite proved after a current rewatch how cheesilly produced it was. This film had a lot of potential. Even in it's time. - I sadly agree with other producers, it seemed it was put together last minute to make easy-money. - I highly despised the repetitive thick French accents.
- With the budget this film had, it couldn't work. This project should have been scrapped a long time ago.
- The acting (aside from Matt & Heath) was absolutely horrible. If I liked this movie for anything. It would be for the two brother's performances overall.
- Dubbing a film "The Brother's Grimm" immediately puts it in big shoes to fills. To fit, no pun intended, but to fit that shoe, you must go beyond those expectations or at least meet them. This film is purely poor written fiction that honestly has no tie to the actual Grimm bothers.
- If the Brother's were to see themselves presented as scammers with ignorance, I'm most definitely sure they would be appalled with offense. I'm sure they would burn their collection to spare this film from ever being produced.
January 26, 2016
Had Gilliam made Alice in Wonderland and Burton made The Brothers Grimm, everything would be right with the world.
½ January 7, 2016
Damon and Ledger are charming in this visually beautiful fable which suffers from an overblown final act.
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