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The Brothers Grimm (DVD, 2005)

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Matt Damon and Heath Ledger ARE The Brothers Grimm

Aug 26, 2005
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Pros:Damon and Ledger work well together, some good laughs

Cons:some of the special effects, some bad writing, seemed to just be lacking

The Bottom Line: The Brothers Grimm turned out to be a below average film that at best should be saved for a rental.


I should start off this review by saying that The Brothers Grimm is not a movie that you should take children to. While it does have a fairy-tale theme to it, it takes a lot of liberties with the way things are told, and violence is the running theme of all of these tales in the film. It really does earn its PG-13 rating, and it really could scare a lot of younger viewers. The film itself centers around 2 brothers (Matt Damon and Heath Ledger), who have taken up a living removing enchantments from small towns and villages. The only thing wrong with that, is that they are the ones concocting the enchantments, and thus have the easy time of removing their own creations. They profit greatly off of their exploits, and you have to look past the fact they are actually stealing from people in order to get involved in the story.

To put it bluntly, The Grimm Brothers are con-artists, who go around swindling people out of their money. People who can barely afford to feed their families as it stands. I almost wish that the Director and Writers had worked in something for me to think they should be doing this, or that there was a reason for it all. Instead we are left with a back-story that comes off quite cold, and though you can get into the action of the film, you are left with the lingering thought that these aren't the best two guys out there. Eventually though, they are found out by people in the French army, who are occupying part of Germany where the Grimms are working their trade. They are "convinced" to go to a town where it is believed someone else is trying to stage their own enchantments.

Of course nobody in the film believes in the enchantments at first, and have to be convinced by death and destruction. We are taken on a whirl-wind journey through scenes involving woods that come to life, animals that fight back, and people who cannot be trusted. All caught up in the middle are The Grimm Brothers, who in order to be forgiven for their past deeds, must fix what is going on in this enchanted town. The plot isn't the most realistic of things, but it could have held strong if they had taken the story in a different direction. Instead most of the sequences take place in the same locations in the town and woods, and we aren't given a lot to work with in our own imaginations. Instead we are spoon fed what to think from scene to scene, and it becomes quite predictable what will come next.

As I watched the film, I couldn't help but think to myself that the story was intended for a younger audience. That the themes, the working of fairy tales into nearly every scene, and even the plot was geared towards people much younger than myself (of which I am only 27). That thought remained with me, but the major detraction from it all was the violence and cruelty towards animals that the middle part of the film tried to make funny. One scene in particular left me shocked, instead of giving me a laugh that was obviously intended from the creators of the film. I couldn't even believe what I had just seen, and was thinking to myself that there must be a logical explanation to it. Unfortunately again for me, there was not.

Matt Damon and Heath Ledger work pretty well together in their roles as brothers in the film, but it isn't enough to save the film in my opinion. Beyond there interactions with each other, and some clever working of older fairy tales into the plot, there isn't much else holding this film together. It is obvious to me why it took so long for it to get to theaters, because there were a lot of holes and threads that I would have liked to have addressed as the film progressed. I always enjoy myself when I see a movie in the theater, and I always end up clinging to the scenes that I like best from a film, so of course there were some I liked in this film. But, I find myself not recommending The Brothers Grimm because it just had too many problems for me.







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