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The Brothers Grimm (2005) [Blu-ray]

Heath Ledger , Matt Damon , Terry Gilliam    Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Fairy tales come vividly to life in The Brothers Grimm, a long-delayed fantasy/horror comedy that greatly benefits from the ingenuity of director Terry Gilliam. In lesser hands, the ambitious screenplay by prolific horror specialist Ehren Kruger (who wrote the American versions of The Ring and The Ring 2) might have turned into an erratic monster mash like Van Helsing. But Gilliam's maverick sensibility makes the film more closely comparable to Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow and Neil Jordan's The Company of Wolves, with the added benefit of impressive CGI effects and lavish (though cost-efficient) production design, making the most of a challenging $75 million budget. Kruger's clever conceit is to turn "folklore collectors" Wilhem and Jacob Grimm (Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, respectively) into 19th-century con artists who perform bogus exorcisms of "evil enchantments" while traveling from village to village in French-occupied Germany. The two soon find themselves ensnared in a genuinely supernatural crisis involving the curse of the Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci) and such fantastical marvels as the Big Bad Wolf, the Gingerbread Man, and a host of other truly enchanted (and not altogether friendly) flora and fauna. It's kind of a mess, switching from over-the-top humor (mostly from Peter Stormare as a manic villain) to serious fantasy involving the beautiful Angelika (Lena Headey), who proves to be the Grimm Brothers' most reliable ally. And like many of Gilliam's films, Grimm suffered from production delays (during which Gilliam filmed Tideland), distributor fallout, and several changes in its theatrical release date, but none of these issues prevent the film from being a welcomed addition to Gilliam's remarkable list of credits. --Jeff Shannon

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
In response to Allyson's review, the scotch-tape commercial could not be fast-forwarded on my spare (cheapo) DVD player but could be fast-forwarded on my DVD recorder. However, if I fast-forward it to the very end, the ad repeats itself. This ad is admittedly not as evil as the one I came across in Finding Neverland, but it is still definitely what they call a Prohibited User Operation ad.
I encourage everyone to boycott this DVD before all DVDs become infested with PUO commercials (just rent it). I believe this DVD and Finding Neverland are initial tests to see how much advertising crap movie-lovers will put up with. I like movie-previews on DVDs, but scotch-tape ads??
As for the movie, the acting is great and the cinematography excellent, but by the end I felt there was something missing. I'm a great fan of Terry Gilliam's Python movies and Brazil but his emotionally-detached style and his breakneck pacing seems out of place for a script like this. I felt the slapstick should have been toned down a little to let both the brooding atmosphere and the triangular romance between the Brothers and Angelika breathe a little.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is one seriously weird movie Sept. 12 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Every so often, a movie comes along that seemingly defies any and all explanations. Let's face facts; the concept of this whole story is just plain weird. Here's the pitch: you know those two brothers who wrote all the children's fairy tales? Well, we want to take these two guys and turn them into con men going around saving villages from "ghosts," "demons," and the like. Then, we'll have, oh, let's say the French army, maybe, take them into custody, threaten to kill them, and then send them out to this Germanic village where kids keep disappearing into the forest. Oh, and we'll throw little scenes of fairy tales in there at random moments - of course, it won't make a whole lot of sense, but we just can't pass up the opportunity to throw Little Red Riding Hood into the mix somewhere. I'm telling you, man, this baby is going to be huge - that's why we need eighty million dollars to bring this utterly ridiculous story to life.

I have to ask: did anyone actually believe this oddity of a film could possibly pay for itself at the box office? The whole movie was just one ridiculous thing after another. It's strange, though - the weak plot actually becomes a strength of sorts, as it keeps you on the lookout for whatever twisted fairy tale concept they could possibly throw in the mix next. I almost hate to admit it (and I certainly don't understand it), but The Brothers Grimm was actually fairly entertaining - largely thanks to Heath Ledger and Matt Damon. I had no idea this was even Matt Damon until I looked at the credits following the film. I usually don't care for the guy, so the filmmakers did a great job making him hard to recognize. The script itself is rather ridiculous; I don't see how anyone inside a film production company could have taken this project seriously.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So bad it is scary... March 9 2006
I don't know what Terry Gilliam was smoking. But he really should switch back to the good stuff. It makes me think of a really bad homage to the Hope/Crosby road movies. The premise had such potential. Worth waiting for the movie network to play it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, and over the top fantasy/horror... April 27 2014
By Edmonson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"The Brothers Grimm" (2005) is directed by Terry Gilliam. It stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as two brothers who fight sorcery and various supernatural elements. The film is full of amusing characters and delightfully unexpected visual turns. For those that appreciate their fantasy/horror with imaginative, and over the top humour (Pirates of the Carribbean, Evil Dead 2) then this might suit their taste.

The blu-ray looks great and there are a few extra features including deleted scenes, audio commentary with the director, and a short feature on the special effects seen in the film with views by Terry Gilliam.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and fun Jan. 4 2006
By Allyson
I felt obligated to write this review. The movie itself is very enjoyable. It's a cross between "Plunkett and Maclean" and "Sleepy Hollow". Dark and disturbing but also funny.
Now, concerning the commercial that was mentioned in the other review, it is for double sided tape and yes it can be fast forwarded in a matter of a second.
It's a shame that someone who can't use their DVD player would rate a movie badly for their own stupidity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie! Very Funny! Nov. 1 2009
This movie is a must see, it is extremely funny, and full of visual effects. The picture clairity is excellent and the sound definatly benefits from the uncompressed 5.1 soundtrack. The movie is definatly an upscaled version of almost all the classic grimms fairy tales, perfect for the halloween season.
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