The Brothers Grimm (2005)
UK / English
"Eliminating Evil Since 1812 "Will and Jake Grimm are travelling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires genuine courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.
Well, my friends, I have just returned from the earliest possible
showing of "Brothers Grimm" in my area, and I can assure you it was
well worth getting up a few hours earlier than usual to watch. However,
I would caution anyone who doesn't like Terry Gilliam's work, Matt
Damon and Heath Ledger, or the REAL brothers Grimms' stories that this
is not your average fantasy. The story is set in french-occupied
Germany in the 1700s, a real time in which real people actually lived.
Even some of the magical aspects of the story are explained by real
events (I won't spoil it for you). So quite a bit of the plot deals
with the realities of the day and age along with the fantastical
aspects of the forest and its inhabitants.
That being said, the story also deals with the opposite side of
unreality-- the dark and unnaturally gruesome. This is where I think
the writer hit on a brilliant point; while the real brothers' stories
have happy endings and some lighthearted moments, most if not all of
their stories involve some degree of blood and gore. My hat is off to
Ehren Kruger for being true to that aspect of their work.
The only aspects of this movie I disliked were the unresolved ending
(which I won't spoil, either) and some of the acting. Lena Headey's
performance did not impress me, but it could just be lack of material
to work with (a very overdone character) and the fact that I've never
seen any of her other work. Matt Damon is interesting to watch as
usual. Peter Stormare and Jonathan Pryce are wacky to the point of
annoyance as an Italian torture specialist and a French general. The
only truly wonderful performance, however, is that of Mr. Ledger, whose
bumbling, scholarly, tag-along Jacob was both a sympathetic character
and a side we rarely see from this multi-talented actor.
This is not a movie for everyone (I wouldn't bring children with the
tendency for nightmares or irrational fears, for example). It's not a
movie you'll learn from or probably want to see hundreds of times. But
for the moviegoer looking for beautiful cinematography, a few good
laughs, and a fairly suspenseful story, look no further.
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