The Grim Brothers Grimm

by December Lambeth on August 26, 2005

in Movie Reviews 

Director Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, & The Fisher King) has lost his touch after 7 years. Fans will be amused, but a bit disappointed. Given, The Brothers Grimm, is quite eye catching and has some since of humor accompanied with some very very dark moments. When I say dark moments I mean, a little fluffy kitten in a meat grinder and the skinning of a rabbit in detail, all done with a twisted amount of humor of course. But Terry doesn’t give enough, maybe it has to do with being frustrated with corporate meddling and not having the freedom to really express himself.

The Brothers Grimm
1 & 1/2 Stars

Director Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, & The Fisher King) has lost his touch after 7 years. Fans will be amused, but a bit disappointed. Given, The Brothers Grimm, is quite eye catching and has some since of humor accompanied with some very very dark moments. When I say dark moments I mean, a little fluffy kitten in a meat grinder and the skinning of a rabbit in detail, all done with a twisted amount of humor of course. But Terry doesn’t give enough, maybe it has to do with being frustrated with corporate meddling and not having the freedom to really express himself.

Set in early 18th century French occupied Germany, The Brothers Grimm follows the tale of 2 hoaxer brothers who go from town to town peddling their ghostbusting talents. Will Grimm (Matt Damon) and Jake Grimm (Heath Ledger) find themselves busted red handed by General Delatombe (Jonathan Pryce) and forced to solve a town’s missing children problem. The General believes that 2 conmen like the brothers are wreaking havoc on the tiny village of Marbaden and threatens Will and Jake’s life to bring this hoax to a stop. Accompanied by the General’s second in command, crazy Cavaldi (Peter Stormare) and enlisting the help of a very beautiful local peasant girl, Angelika (Lena Headey), they head into the enchanted forest. Not finding any pulleys or springboards, the brothers start to question how this is a con and start to believe that the forest has been cursed. Running for safety only to be forced back into the evil place by General Delatombe and his guards to find Little Red Riding Hood and Gretal, plus ten other girls who had been kidnapped, all used to remove the curse of the evil Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci).

As the story takes shape, Jake spends his time jotting down notes and parts of the story always kept in check by his lady killer brother Will. Will is consistently reminding Jake that their is no such thing as magic beans and to keep his feet on the ground and his head out of the clouds. Jake has the opportunity at the end to prove to his overbearing unbelieving brother that fairy tales can end happily ever after and all it takes is one kiss from true love.

The Brothers Grimm has a set that compares closely to Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, but has some very poor CGI moments. Luckily the film’s saving grace are the 2 main characters, except for their inability to keep up with their accents, Matt & Heath play off each other brilliantly. It’s sad to say that Terry Gilliam has grown a little soft over the years; I would have loved to see a little Monty Python flair. Overall it’s a fun watch and if you go in with low expectations or none at all The Brothers Grimm will work for you too.

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