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The Brothers Grimm (DVD, 2005)

Terry Gilliam, Matt Damon, Heath Ledger | Theatrical release: 2005 | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
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Director Terry Gilliam, who brought his magical storytelling talents to such films as TIME BANDITS and THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN, sets his sights on the Brothers Grimm, turning their life into a playfully grim fairy tale all its own. Set in early 18th century French-occupied Germany, THE BROTHERS GRIMM stars Matt Damon as Will Grimm and Heath Ledger as Jake Grimm, siblings who travel the countryside as snake-oil salesmen, convincing unsuspecting towns that they are haunted and agreeing to get rid of the demons--for a price. In the meantime, they set their tales down in writing, creating a wealth of oddball, offbeat, and frightening characters. But after they are caught by General Delatombe (Jonathan Pryce) and his sidekick, Cavaldi (Peter Stormare), they are sent to the tiny village of Marbaden to solve the mysterious disappearance of a number of young girls, placing them in the middle of a fantasy world unlike any they'd ever invented. They enlist the help of a peasant woman, Angelika (Lena Headey), and they set off for the evil forest to save the lives of the girls--and themselves. Gilliam has once again built a unique, entertaining land where anything can happen, and he throws in references to such Grimm tales as Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and the Frog Prince for good measure. The movie also features Mackenzie Crook and Richard Ridings as the Grimms' cohorts, Monica Bellucci as the Mirror Queen, and Julian Bleach and Bruce McEwan as two of Cavaldi's henchmen.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 786936692174

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Genre:Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Format:DVD

Director:Terry Gilliam
Leading Role:Matt Damon, Heath Ledger
eBay Product ID: EPID48578967
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"[With] dazzling, inspired imagery -- of the grotesque-caricature, lyrical-fairy-tale, and harrowing-nightmare variety, sometimes all at once."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (09/01/2005)

"It's Gilliam's chance to run amok, and watching him do it is eye-popping fun."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (08/25/2005)

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Created: 08/14/08

THE BROTHERS GRIMM

Review For: The Brothers Grimm (DVD, 2005)

Staring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, two brothers in French occupied Germany who make a living battling ghosts and demons, which is easier than it sounds, since the ghosts and demons they battle are just elaborate parlor tricks staged by the brothers and a couple of henchmen.

The French ruler knows about them, and rather than merely put them to death, he decides to torture them a little bit first. He has heard rumblings about a village bordering a forest that truly appears to be enchanted, and young girls from the village are disappearing. The brothers Grimm are sent there to “solve” their problem, which the ruler expects will end with them getting burned alive by the townsfolk.

Will thinks that the woods are just the work of someone who’s performing an even more elaborate ruse than the ones that he and Jacob perform. But Jacob knows better; he notices that the trees are indeed moving, and he’s read all the fairy tales that Will dismisses, and recognizes a similarity to a story about a queen (Monica Belluci) who loved to gaze upon her reflection. They enlist the reluctant help of a tracker named Angelika (Lena Headey) to get them out of the woods alive.

If you like fantasy, faeries and Enchantments, this dark version of childhood stories might likely be something you would enjoy.

Interesting film, but definately not for everyone due to its dark and sinister nature.

I enjoyed this movie, but it is not like the faerie tales I heard as a child!

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Created: 06/01/09

No "Grimmaces" for "The Brothers Grimm"

Review For: The Brothers Grimm (DVD, 2005)

It took me a few minutes into this film to realize that George Harrison and Handmade Films were not alive and well and in the background producing what on the screen looked so very, very good. In reflection, Terry Gilliam, very much alive and well, managed to do a damned good job of reminding me just how cool the films like "Time Bandits" and "Baron Von Munchhausen" were in their day. It follows that you will seldom see a fantasy film that marries smart writing with a nice mix of "The Scary-Funny" with engaging actors, clever humor, pure cynicism and just the right amount and quality of special effects to make you whistle quietly to yourself and say, "Damn.. that was just soooo Cool!" Johnny Depp might have been able to carry this off without Tim Burton in the wings, with anyone opposite him as his sibling, but Matt Damon and Heath Ledger (having decided to swap roles during production) made for the right recipe of sugar and spice when it came to their hectic scenes of demonstrating just how testy "Brotherly Love" can really be. There is enough madness and mayhem to go around that it looks like everybody in the supporting cast had fun while playing their parts to a fair-thee-well. All in all... this was a very engaging and entertaining film. And finding it on eBay four years after I should have at such a low price made for yet another reminder for us all that in addition to searching "The Internets" on IMDB and via "The Google" or anywhere else, we should all make it habit to search for gems like this on eBay. Trust me... You'll save money while you find the pleasant surprise with the thrills and spills that a neat little movie like this can provide! I'm giving this one Five out of Five Stars! --==Enjoy the Day==--

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Created: 08/08/07

** Not Our Type of Movie I Guess -- Our Rating: 3/10 **

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Hhmmmm, lets see... We picked up The Brothers Grimm today simply because the front and back cover looked interesting, stars included Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, and the beautiful Monica Bellucci. The cover offered a very stunning pose of Monica Bellucci, but the movie didnt hold our interests enough to even see her role in the movie.

This movie is by the Director of Monty Python and The Holy Grail, so if you enjoyed the Monty Python films, you "may" enjoy The Brothers Grimm??

Supposedly Rolling Stone, People, and Good Morning America gave it good reviews.

Its just not exactly our type of film I guess. We'll watch it again just to give it a second chance, but dont have very high hopes of enjoying it anymore than our first viewing.

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Created: 01/08/06

It is a dark movie & Rated PG-13 formore than 1 reason

Review For: The Brothers Grimm (DVD, 2005)

Once upon a time... I saw a DVD called the Brothers Grimm and it was dark and grim. This movie is rated PG-13 for more than one reason.
Actually it was was dark and grim but also imaginative but it could have used some help from the Grimm fairy tales in order to make it a more interesting movie.
I can not say it was the worst movie I ever saw, but I can say I was somewhat disappointed, maybe because I expected more from Terry Gilliam, the director.
He has made so many good movies that I enjoyed very much in the past. I hope he makes a better one than this next time. Watch it without the kids if you really want to watch it.

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Created: 07/10/08

Enjoyable and entertaining fantasy!

Review For: The Brothers Grimm (DVD, 2005)

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie even though the dialogue can, at times, be difficult to follow. I believe this is due to the accents of the many characters coupled with the somewhat loud background music.
The story is a complete fantasy and I bought it because I am a huge Heath Ledger fan. Heath goes against character here and plays the fanciful, child like, younger Grimm brother Jake. I must say the first time I watched this movie it was not what I expected, however, after purchasing it and watching it a second time I was able to really appreciated the character Heath created in his portrayal of Jake. He is, as always, quite charming. I also enjoyed Matt Damon's portrayal of his character Will. The two actors together really complement each other nicely! That being said, this movie must have been extremely difficult to make and my hat goes off to Terry Gilliam for undertaking such a challenging film.

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