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.
This is okay for a Terry Gilliam movie. It even has an ending, which brings everything together. But, like his movie "Jabberwocky" there are some graphic effects, like all... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Cat
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
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2009 by Chris Scholpp
i watched this movie free on video on demand,and i still feel
cheated.this movie is all over the map. Read more
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. Read morePublished on March 9 2006 by cylon vamp