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The Brothers Grimm


Heath Ledger and Matt Damon play the title brothers who con money out of peasants by staging supernatural events that they then clean up.  When they're caught doing this, they're sent against a real magical forest.

What I Thought

I really wanted to like this movie, as I'm a big fan of Terry Gilliam (the director, 12 Monkeys, Brazil, Time Bandits etc.) and Matt Damon (the Bourne Identity/Supremacy, Talented Mr. Ripley, etc), I really did.

But I didn't.

The Brothers Grimm is a boring mish-mash of the Grimm fairy tales, which never find that spark to give them any real life.  Disjointed, slow moving, not very well acted.  I really wanted to like it!

I guess I should start with the good parts:  The forest scenes with their moving trees and grasping branches were a little creepy, and the movie just barely touched on horror with the way a few children are kidnapped (one's face gets wiped by magical mud and then absorbed into a gingerbread man, very creepy!).

But that's pretty much it.  Ledger and Damon are totally forgettable and mix up their British accents (and aren't the Brothers Grimm supposed to be German??).  The character of Cavaldi (a henchman sent by the authorities to make sure the Grimms do their job) is a walking insulting Italian stereotype.  And so much French-bashing!

Not that there wasn't anything salvageable, but that most of the bad stuff overpowered anything good.

Sorry Terry.  Sorry Matt.


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