The Brothers Grimm Reviews
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.
- 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.
(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)