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Plot: Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms. Runtime: 118 mins Release Date: 26 Aug 2005
Terry Gilliam and Commerical Film-making (by myboigie)
There is an unfortunate-viewpoint that cinema exists in some timeless-vacuum, unaffected by human-history and economics. This leads to extremely unfair expectations, and so it should be seen as a near-miracle that films such as "the Brothers Grimm" get made at-all.While the "compromises" between Terry Gilliam and the Weinsteins have been widely-reported regarding the Brothers Grimm, from my experience watching it last-night it appears Terry got his way in most areas. This should be good-news to fans of films that spark the imagination, and stay with one long-after a <more>
screening. This film succeeds in distilling the essence of the most cautionary fairy-tales our civilization is most-familiar with. It might sound funny, but I believe there hasn't been a film of this quality since the "salad-days" at UFA when Fritz Lang, Murnau and the rest of German Expressionism held-court.There are similar preconditions for the making of the Brothers Grimm that the classic German filmmakers had: a place with devalued-currency, namely Prague,in the Czech Republic. Prague is an excellent place to do any period-piece, and labor much of it on the level of artisanship is extremely cheap, and locations are numerous. This is similar to the situation in Germany after WWI, where the Mark was almost worthless, where supplies and resources were cheap, and where there was an abundance of skilled-labor. This is why only in the 1920s do we see such a flowering of German Expressionism and cinema, as it was a moment when cinema could flourish basically unfettered. Everything was new.Cut to now: the economic conditions are there, but cinema is not new, and producers have been running-roughshod over directors for the last 28-years unlike any other era since Hollywood's "Golden Age." Gilliam has been one of the few directors to fight this trend where producers have the final-cut, and almost total-control over the process, and this film is yet-another chapter in this battle. All this said, the film "Brothers Grimm" can also be seen as part of Gilliam's running-theme of the battle-between human-imagination and empathy and a modern, soulless-world of materialist philosophy where there is no magic, but only true "disenchanment." Life can be magical, but there is a cost.One can connect this film thematically to "Time Bandits," "Baron Munchausen," "The Fisher King," "12 Monkeys," "Brazil," etc. . The Weinsteins can easily be compared-to the Burgomeister/Accountant in "Baron Munchausen," as well as General Delatombe in Brothers Grimm who loses in-the-face of human wisdom and imagination. There is always this subtext to a truly Gilliam-based narrative, and this is why this film is so great, and a disciplined addition to the director's work. It is truly a great film in all-respects, and will be remembered while most films from this era will be forgotten. Michele Soavi's Cemetary Man, the Church, the Sect and Stagefright 2nd unit direction should also be mentioned as superb. Michele also did 2nd unit on Munchausen, another film that was unfairly-maligned, yet still shines some 16-years-later. You could do much worse than see this satisfying film this-summer. Treat yourself and see it! It is beautiful, and funny, despite Weinstein-meddling. They left "Fahrenheit 9/11" alone because they smelled-the-money.01.21.06 PS: A film that gets-better with successive-viewings!
Brothers Grimm awake your worst childhood nightmares. (by Galagonya)
I am surprised to find that this movie is so utterly underrated here. I have grown up on those tales, and I must say, Terry Gilliam really portrayed the worst of all the stories ever scripted by the Grimm Brothers. The plot itself is quite uncomplicated: the two Grimm Brothers travel around the land, pretending to fight evil spirits and witches they make up. The people are relieved and pay well. However, after their trick is found out, the only way they can regain their freedom is by encountering and fighting a true witch in a haunted forest that makes me shudder even as I think of it right <more>
now no kidding . And believe it or not, Monica Bellucci is simply horrifying as the evil queen nurturing herself on the dead bodies of little girls of the village.The toad showing the directions is plainly hilarious.The gingerbread man is a blood-thirsty alternative for Shrek's pal.I think that everyone complaining about Grimm Brothers should stop and think that this is a generally not very twisted version of what kids get to read or what is read to them at a very-very young age at least here in Europe . I think Brothers Grimm is, apart from being a really intriguing and spectacular horror movie, a very well-made and intelligent satire on the Grimms' "children bedtime" stories. Brothers Grimm is one of its kind.
Wow! When I was counting down the days The Brothers Grimm would come out I knew it was going to be great! But once I saw it WOW! It was AMAZING! I am totally in love with this movie, the casting could not have been better. Even though Nicole Kidman was supposed to be the evil queen, and they had to replace her, I have to say I love the actress they put in instead of her. Don't get me wrong, i'm a fan of Nicole but I cannot see her as the queen! I definitely think she suited the part. If anyone know's the actress' name please post it and let me know. Also How much did you love <more>
the chemistry between Heath Ledger and Matt Damon! First of all I've been a fan of Heath since 10 Things I Hate About You, and Matt Damon since Oceans 11! I love them both So much! They are such talented actors... plus they're super hot :D:D:D:D:D ha ha okay well now that i've gushed enough please post here commenting on how much you loved this movie :D Cheers! Lot's of Love from Canada, Saira
Not quite the story of the Brothers Grimm I know, but Terry Giliam and his awesome crew did an amazing job of telling a fairy tale. Matt Damon and Heat Ledger do the job as the Brothers. You'll find yourself listing the fairy stories as they either are told or happen. Glorious. Set in the Germany of Napoleonic France, the Brothers are set a task by the Delatombe Jonathon Pryce , the Brothers find themselves inside an enchanted town beset by a supernatural evil that they must overcome despite interference by their French watcher and the French Army. Sleeping Beauty with a twist. In true <more>
Gilliam style, there are some quick, blink and you miss them sight gags. Shot in Prague, Czech Republic, the film is dark, yet beautiful.
Do people read any more? A folk tale for adults. (by sschwa)
Like his Baron Munchhausen, Gilliam's Brothers Grimm has been horridly misunderstood by critics and public alike. What I get from the comments and reviews is the sense of thwarted expectations, although I have little idea what the anti-Grimms expected in the first place. People dislike the kitten scene because it's a cute kitten. This I find entirely in the grotesque spirit of the original folk tales. We've learned to take our fairy tales Disneyfied, apparently. I've also heard complaints about the quality of the special effects as sub-ILM quality. Frankly, that's what I <more>
liked about them. They *didn't* look like ILM; they looked personal. I admit I found the basic premise a cliché two con men who make their living on the superstitious gullible find out that, in this case, the magic is real , but its working-out overcomes this basic flaw. This is a movie that shuns cliché. The brightest scenes, for example, almost always contain the greatest menace. Relative safety is drab, dirty, brutish, nasty, and short. Ledger gives an amazing performance -- I had previously regarded him as a Troy Donahue update. Matt Damon shows he has the chops to cross over from small "indies" to big performances in the old leading-man vein. Peter Stromare and Jonathan Pryce do a highbrow Martin & Lewis -- Stromare all over the place and Pryce coolly self-contained -- to hilarious effect. The faces alone in this movie are wonderful, hearkening back to the glory days of Leone. There are so many telling details in the background "Bienvenue a Karlstadt" -- let alone the foreground -- that show Gilliam's mastery. Harry Potter which I enjoyed , Lord of the Rings, and Chronicles of Narnia are for the kiddies and show us worlds we can, with effort, control. Gilliam doesn't offer any such comfort, not even at the end. The sense of menace is overwhelming, and Gilliam achieves it without super-special effects, usually camera movement the shots following Little Red Riding Hood through the forest made my jaw drop . A brilliant film, operating at a high level we don't see much of these days. Someone compared the movie to Burton's Big Fish, another film dismissed or ignored by critics and public. Although Burton's and Gilliam's sensibilities differ, I take the writer's point. The confident, poetic handling of myth and archetype in both astonishes.
So there is a use to enchantment! (by muffingoddess38)
I don't think myself overly literary for reading Bruno Bettelheim's "The Uses of Enchantment," but forgive me for being obscure. In his book, Bettelheim analyzes common fairy tales for their underlying psychological and cultural meanings. He makes a great argument for the telling of fairy tales, even if they are slightly or more than slightly graphic, which is why I am partly able to explain my fascination with this film.It's not really overly good really, as you've probably seen more of a seven out of ten, but yet it fascinates me. Perhaps it's the <more>
psychological element between the two brothers which is done quite well about the importance/existence of magic, or the surreal score peppered with Brahms and Dario Marianelli originals. I have no idea who this guy is, but the soundtrack is so weird that I want it. Perhaps it's the horror invoked by the fairy tale images of our childhood, brought horribly to life in the thankfully twisted mind of Terry Gilliam.Oh, a little note about Terry Gilliam. You're going to have to forgive him because his pace can be a little bit feverish, and he tends to lose the viewer that's not paying attention. He did make "Time Bandits" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," and you know how much of THAT made sense. Do not question how the Grimm boys get from one end of Germany to another so quickly. Your head will explode.Basically, this film makes me happy for a couple of reasons: one, the dialogue. It's strangely antiquated one minute, then purely Hollywood the next. Don't worry about the anachronisms they're supposed to be there, they're funny. Two, his name starts with Heath and ends with Ledger. Now, I didn't used to like this guy. I thought he was just a deep throated Aussie, but the boy's got range. I didn't know he could lack confidence so well. Now I'm teasing, but really, he's quite good. Damon was wonderful as always, proving over and over again that he may not be the prettier, but he's the smarter half of "Ben-att". Three, they're fairy tales in their ghoulish, bloody glory. Wait till you see both Little Red Riding Hood scenes, you'll totally freak out. It's nightmarish in such a way that you can't take your eyes off it. It's not morbid fascination, like a car accident, but something deeper, the sense of childlike wonder that make kids watch the most disgusting thing like insects or TOADS for hours.What is the point? You might ask. Why should I see this piece of rubbish instead of "The 40 Year Old Virgin" for the 6th time? Or, in the long run, rent "The Princess Bride"? You should rent both by the way, it'd make a lovely double feature. Well, I still can't watch the waxing scene, but here's the real point: Fairy tales have a purpose. They give us comfort when we are in crises, and delight and frighten us when we need to have fun. What we see in Ledger's character Jacob is the child who shelters himself with fairy tales. What we see in Damon's the older, Will is the adult who wants to take him away from him. And as Bettelheim says, fantasy is not nearly as cruelly unforgiving as reality, so let him keep them. I still need a little Sleeping Beauty now and then. There's something strangely comforting about waking to true love's kiss.
Definitely An Interesting Interpretation. (by BigHardcoreRed)
The Brothers Grimm is a different movie than what I expected. It turned out to be similar to Big Fish in a way, but a little darker and with some awesome special effects.Will Matt Damon and Jacob Grimm Heath Ledger start off as shysters, bamboozling local town people by setting up elaborate and "supernatural" schemes and charging heavily to ward off monsters, witches or anything else.The story actually starts getting interesting when they run into an actual supernatural occurrence or fairy tale . It seems that children have been vanishing in some "enchanted woods" and <more>
the French believe it is a scam similar to ones the Grimms have pulled.While fighting off beasts and such, The Brothers Grimm encounter people who obviously inspire stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Jack & The Beanstalk, Snow White and others. Altogether, things fill out quite nicely. It never comes straight out and says that Grimm's Fairy Tales comes from these stories but it gives the audience enough credit to figure that out on it's own, even though it is quite obvious.Lena Headey deserves to be mentioned as the lovely Angelika. She plays a hardened and tough hunter/trapper who helps The Grimms and is also the love interest, which I guess is expected. Also, Monica Bellucci was a good addition as the "mirror queen".I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. Like I said, more than I thought I would have. The special effects were very nice. The trees move realistically like snakes. More believable than some of the giant snake movies I have seen, anyways. I can recommend this movie. If you like Tim Burton style of movies, then you should like this one as well. 8/10
Offputting and very strange,,,but I liked it (by preppy-3)
Fictional tale of the real life Brothers Grimm who wrote plenty of fairy tales. Will Matt Damon and Jake Heath Ledger Grimm play charlatans in this. They travel from village to village in 19th century Germany staging fake hauntings and for a sizable amount get rid of the ghosts. However they soon find themselves face to face in a real fantasy involving an evil queen Monica Bellucci and helped by strong, hearty Angelica Lena Hendey .VERY odd movie that I didn't want to see--every single critical review of this was negative. I was dragged to it by a friend. I can see why critics <more>
don't like this--there are no likable characters; the humor is VERY black; children are constantly being attacked and in one case graphically eaten. The story has HUGE gaps in logic even for a fairy tale , doesn't pull together smoothly and I had more than few questions at the end. STILL I did like it.The special effects are truly incredible--it's worth seeing for those. The acting is good too--Damon who I never liked is actually not bad in this movie--if extremely unlikable; Ledger manages to pull out a good performance even buried under bad makeup; Hedey is full of life and very good as a woman who helps them. Only Jonathan Pryce fails--he's VERY annoying and unfunny as a French officer. We're supposed to like him but I hated him VERY much halfway through. Bad accent too.Despite the many faults i got caught up in it. There are constant references to Grimm fairy tales and the visuals are stunning. There's also an incredibly sick, but hysterical, sequence with an adorable kitten. But this is NOT FOR CHILDREN!!! Despite the PG-13 rating I would never take a child to see this. There were children in the audience I saw it with. They weren't too impressed and one told her mother she was scared. This is WAY TOO adult and violent for young kids.It's not for every one but I got caught up in it and actually enjoyed it. Again--NOT for kids. I give it an 8.
In a World of Magic and Fairytale, They Bring Happy End (by claudio_carvalho)
In 1811, in a French occupied Germany, the crooks Brothers Grimm pretend to fight against evil witches and monsters to make money. However, they are arrested by Cavaldi Peter Stormare and General Delatombe Jonathan Pryce , but they have a chance to redeem themselves in the village of Marbaden, where ten young girls have vanished. Will Matt Damon and Jacob Heath Ledger are guided by the local Angelika Lena Headey through an enchanted forest where they face the evil Mirror Queen Monica Bellucci that depends on the sacrifice of twelve girls in the eclipse to stay beautiful and <more>
young."The Brothers Grimm" is an underrated dark fable, homage to the authors of a great number of fairy tales, the Brothers Grimm. The first point that calls the attention of this make-believe story is the magnificent cinematography and special effects. The story is original, funny and full of action, but not recommended for children, since it is too dark and Gothic. The personalities of Will and Jacob are not well-defined, since they begin the story as despicable con-men and end like heroes. The screenplay could have developed them further. Lena Headey and Monica Bellucci are extremely beautiful, as usual, and they have good performances. I am a fan of Terry Gilliam and in my opinion the evaluation of his direction in this movie is unfair in many reviews. The high-quality and wonderful pack of the Brazilian DVD released by Europa Distributor deserves a note in my review, being one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "Os Irmãos Grimm" "The Grimm Brothers"