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The Brothers Grimm back to product details

written by Krow March 25, 2006 - 6:58 PM PST
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Once upon a time Hollywood made good movies. That was then; this is now. Of all the films I've seen in the past year or so, this has to rate near or at the bottom of the heap. The very transparent CGI effects were laughable. But the dreadful script is what sets it apart. Stay far away from this one...

Dual Trouble
written by kohnfused1 February 22, 2006 - 9:04 AM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Although I agree with both of the previous reviews, I cant help but point out a couple of flaws in the film that water down the potency of its entertainment value. This movie could have been more tighter story and lengthwise had it been edited propertly. After the viewing, I felt a bit cheated by how long two specific antagonist occupied screen time. Jonathan Pryces character, the French commander "Delatombe" and an Italian lackey named "Cavaldi". Given, they add an extra layer of complexity to the storytelling, their presence would have been felt more had their exposure been limited and not stretched for the sake of adding "tension" to the running time of the movie. Coming in two minutes short of two hours, youll know what I mean. This could have been an hour and a half of very good entertainment, instead, were given a diluted version that ran longer than it should have.

Furthermore, as a direct effect of the wasted time, there was a lot of cramming done to explain the origins of the Grimms fairytales. A lot of it was obvious, but there were some that seemed made up just to satisfy the plot. In any event, if you dont mind any of these critiques, then you should be thoroughly entertained for two hours.

written by daliawood February 6, 2006 - 7:58 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I thought this movie was well written and well acted. It wasn't the high art we all hope for, but an very enjoyable "stay home with a pizza movie". It was very similar in sensibility as well as looks (cinematography) to Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow. A good family movie if you kids are about 9 or older.

Pure Enchantment
written by talltale December 18, 2005 - 9:05 PM PST
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
There ain't no justice. Nor taste, evidently. Terry Gilliam's THE BROTHERS GRIMM came and went theatrically with not much more than a dismissive smack from most critics and meager interest from the audience. That such a rich piece of enchantment, a movie that brings to cinematic life so much of what's best about fairy tales--the dark, romantic, frightening, wish-fulfilling wonder of them!--could leave so little trace is more than a shame. Some critics complained that the plot was difficult to follow? Nonsense: just watch and listen (isn't that the rule for intelligent moviegoing?). Others cried "sellout" when Gilliam is actually managing accessibility for a change. And finally, we see some special effects that attain a near-perfect relationship between the fairytale genre and the state of the FX art.

One of the film's particular charms is how allusively Gilliam and writer Ehren Kruger ("The Skeleton Key," "Imposter") have woven together so many of the Grimm tales. The actors--Damon, Ledger, Headey and Bellucci--prove delightfully game and "with it," while an almost unrecognizable Peter Stormare is simply grand as the nutty Italian stallion. This is magnetic moviemaking, pure and not so simple. Together with Tim Burton's "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory," Gilliam's film proves 2005 a banner year for both old-fashioned and new-fangled fantasy.


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