The Brothers Grimm

2005

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy / Thriller

96
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 38%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 39%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 106298

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Cast

Monica Bellucci as Mirror Queen
Matt Damon as Wilhelm Grimm
Lena Headey as Angelika
Heath Ledger as Jacob Grimm
720p.BLU
700.31 MB
1280*720
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 58 min
P/S 8 / 44

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by petra_ste 5 / 10

A nice premise, squandered

Early 19th century: brothers Will (Matt Damon) and Jacob (Heath Ledger) Grimm travel around Germany conning villagers and pretending to defeat imaginary monsters, until they are forced to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances. At first they believe it's the work of a fellow impostor, but this time real magic is involved. With the help of huntress Angelika (Lena Headey) and mercenary Cavaldi (Peter Stormare), the brothers Grimm face an evil sorceress (Monica Bellucci) haunting the local forest.

I really like the cast and the premise of the fake Ghostbusters clashing against a true supernatural threat. Sadly, the result is a disappointment.

What's wrong with the movie?

First, pacing is mortally off. It feels like a collection of choppily assembled vignettes ("Look, Little Red Riding Hood! Here come Hansel and Gretel!"). Scenes happen randomly and are not given enough time to breath; characters' interactions are perfunctory. For example, at one point we are told both brothers have feelings for Angelika, but nowhere in previous scenes this had been given the proper setup.

Structure is a mess: we have three scenes with our heroes captured by the French, three scenes with them bumbling around the magic tower, etc. It's clunky, repetitive and unfocused - as if the screenwriters had this droll high-concept fantasy premise, wrote a first unpolished draft and called it a day.

Also, tone. This is part fairy tale with Gothic elements, part slapstick comedy (Stormare's mercenary would feel at home in a Monty Python sketch). The more lighthearted material isn't particularly funny and the transition to serious scenes feels jarring. It made me re-evaluate Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, which handled a similar cocktail between genres much more deftly.

Strangely for a Terry Gilliam movie, The Brothers Grimm lacks personality.

5/10

Reviewed by adonis98-743-186503 2 / 10

So Disappointing!!!

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. The Brothers Grimm is a mess of lots of different films in one, it goes from being a Tim Burton rip-off to a terrible comedy to an even more weird mix of dark and gothic thriller meets Red Riding Hood and other famous fairy-tales. The acting is bland especially from the two main leads although Lena Headey does a pretty good job. Plus the movie is super slow and boring from start to finish and it's terrible script doesn't help either. Overall a big disappointment (2/10)

Reviewed by Shay 1 / 10

Worse than I expected

Even though this is supposedly a historical fiction film, its fantasy undertow drains all of the comic relief into something absolutely stupid. The plot of the story makes no sense and it took me quite some while to figure out who was who in this movie. And to be honest, this is a story about legendary icons of folklore such as Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Red Ridding Hood, etc, but it brought my hopes rapidly down. Another reason being that given Jacob is the oldest boy in the Grimm family after his father died, he would be more likely logical than Wilhelm. Vis-a-vis, Jacob shouldn't be obsessed with magic beans. Also, my hopes were shot down once again when THE ONLY FEMALE LEAD IN THE CAST turned about to be a random girl named Angelika rather than Henriette Dorothea Wild, Wilhelm Grimm's actual wife.

So, when all is said and done, don't watch this movie.

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