27 February 2007

Movie Review: "The Brothers Grimm"

Already a new topic. My wife and I obtained a membership to another video rental place this weekend, and we finally had a chance to view one of the movies she rented: "The Brothers Grimm".

It stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as the titular brothers. The beginning of the movie reminded me rather much of "Dragonheart", with the same scams-for-money plans I saw in the former film. As the movie goes on, the brothers get roped into a scheme to help a village, whose girls are being kidnapped. Already kidnapped: Little Red Riding Hood and Gretel of "Hansel and Gretel" fame. No word on if the monster responsible also stole Britney Spear's sanity.

Anyway, the brothers get to this village. There they find a "Jungle Girl"-type knockoff somewhere near the village, who decides to help because her own sisters had been kidnapped by some strange thing in the forest. She agrees to guide them into the woods, coincidentally to the correct place. While Damon and Ledger flail about a few times, the mysterious spirit captures more children... we had more time to kill, of course. The captures are at least interesting... one was a horse who essentially swallowed one girl, and another was a girl who was consumed by a mud ball which ended up becoming the Gingerbread Man.

Anyway, the Grimm brothers continue to flail about in the woods, but now they're being chased by a wolf who turns into a man (decent effects there). They roughly figure out the secret of the place that Jungle Girl takes them, that a witch is trying to get back her beauty. Then there's French soldiers, some more decent effects with trees, and a [SPOILER SPACE] false alarm as we thought that Matt Damon FINALLY bit the big one... to no avail. Of course, the Grimm brothers live to fight and pronounce new linguistic tendencies for at least the next couple decades.

The film was earnest enough, and was directed by Terry Gilliam... however, I would not be surprised if it would make a decent MSTing (or Rifftrack.)

If this thing was about thirty minutes shorter (putting the length closer to 90 minutes rather than 120), it would probably have been decent. My attention definitely wandered a couple times though. YMMV.

Stay tuned for our next installment, as the Grimm brothers attempt to find tail on a few more fairies.

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