The Brothers Grimm

DVD Reviews | Mar 12th, 2006

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Starring Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Jonathan Price, Peter Stormare
Written By: Ehren Kruger
Directed By: Terry Gilliam
Studio: Miramax
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I tried liking this movie. I saw this in the movie theaters and didn’t find it very entertaining. Usually I try to like every movie I see but this wasn’t the case with The Brothers Grimm. The movies that I have seen from Gilliam, I enjoyed. To be honest, I’ve only seen one or two besides this film but still, I liked his movies. Just think Brothers Grimm could have been a really good film but turns out to be a chaotic mess.

Brothers Grimm is about two brothers who con simple minded villages into thinking their towns are haunted with ghosts and monsters. One day they run into the French government and they pretty much say to them, go to this town and find out who’s taking the children or you’re dead. They go unwillingly and discover that this village is actually evil and something weird is going on in the forest. Children keep getting taking and it’s their jobs & for their lives to find out what’s behind & put a stop to it.

After seeing this movie a second time, I stand by my original movie review that this movie could have been really good. The stories were there but for some reason, this movie turned out to be a mess and was just all over the place. Sometimes, bad movies can be entertaining and I just didn’t think this movie had it at all. Matt Damon was okay but I couldn’t stand Heath Ledger. The way he talked, on the side of his mouth was just irritating to me. Peter Stormare was ten times worse in the annoying department, but for some reason I actually liked his character. Jonathan Price’s French accent was laughable, but glad to see Monica Bellucci in the film since she’s drop dead gorgeous…Even with the old makeup on. Ok that last part was a joke!

The special effects weren’t that good, and the story was all over the place. You don’t really care about the characters when they die, and I just felt bored and not interested in this movie. The fairy tales were there and Gilliam could have run with that and created a great story, but instead turned it into a pile of dung. I don’t think it’s necessarily his fault but maybe some of the higher up’s ruined it. I don’t know, all I know is that the movie could have been good and wasn’t enjoyable for me.

For extras, I actually listened to the audio commentary for the whole movie. I like listening to Gilliam’s DVD commentaries because he tells it like it is and doesn’t hold back anything. He admits the movie wasn’t that great, at least I think he said that. Can’t remember. It’s worth listening to if you actually like the movie. I actually rather have listened to him talk about the movie than actually watch it. There are a few other things on here like some deleted scenes, and other featurettes but I didn’t get around to watching them. I’m not going to check extras of a movie I didn’t enjoy.

Brothers Grimm might be a guilty pleasure for some, it might be torture for others. For me, I didn’t like the movie and got bored with it. It could have been a really good film if everything came together, but sadly, it didn’t.

Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
Feature Commentary
Bringing the Fairy Tale To Life
The Visual Magic of The Brothers Grimm

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: I liked when the little wimp cat got killed.
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 118 minutes
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