The Brothers Grimm (2005) [Blu-ray]
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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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I loved the movie, it was fast paced and kept you glued to the screen. Anyone watching Once Upon A Time or Grimm will love it!!Published on Feb. 3 2012 by C. Downing
The Brothers Grimm travel through Napoleonic Europe at a time when paranoia and superstition pervade society. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2008 by Greg Curtis