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The Brothers Grimm - NO SPOILERS I PROMISE by canaveralgumby on 28 August 2005 5:01am
 
Really enjoyed it. Unlike past Gilliam movies I've gone to, there was a large crowd in the theater. Actually, when I saw "Fisher King" there was a sizeable audience. I almost had my own personal screening room for "Fear & Loathing" on a Fri. noon, only 2 other people, the 3 of us there alone, so we kind of sat together and communed. I digress.

"TBG" was definitely darker than I expected. It took a sharp shocking left turn in the scene with the little white fluffy kitten, I'll say no more. TG did not pull punches about horror, or the depictions of the deaths of those characters who did die, I'll say no more!

Which IS correctly in keeping with the horror of the Grimms' fairy tales.

I was concerned that it wouldn't look enough like a Terry Gilliam film, you know, UNIQUE, with the use of CGI, but there was no need to worry. It was used sparingly enough, and the sets and props were the bomb.

I may have read too much into this, but I thought that Heath Ledger, in order to sound British, distinctly did MP - just a TINGE of Arthur Pewty from time to time. Which endeared me to him!

Everybody else was very good - nobody stood out to me. Perhaps you'll feel differently. I'll always treasure Jonathan Pryce as Ken(8/29 correction - SAM!) Lowry, and I don't like to see him as an authority figure or bad guy, which is not to say that he didn't do it well.

To be hyper-critical, I could have used more Gilliam sight/sound gags. There was a scene early on wherein someone is served a meal, an unidentifyable blob which is not quite dead yet, and which is eminating noises long after being put on the plate. Stuff like that. But perhaps TG was too busy making an all-around excellent film to mess with the minutiae of art director stuff.

-- Cori, being pretentious again and signing off!
 
Re: The Brothers Grimm - NO SPOILERS I PROMISE by tucsonmike on 28 August 2005 5:49am
 
Hi Cori,
My rent paying job while I build my business and writing is as a 411 operator for cell phones. We do provide movie listings, so I can tell there is a fair bit of interest for the Brothers Grimm. I do want to see it. I heard it was filmed in Saskatchewan.

Thanx for not spoilin the fun.
Mike
 
Re: The Brothers Grimm - NO SPOILERS I PROMISE by George on 29 August 2005 6:31pm
 
I saw the movie yesterday and, well,...it certainly tried hard enough to be a winner. It was a visual feast. To me, the best character was Jonathon Pryce, as the seedy French general. However, I got more than a little confused though trying to follow the story. Having forgotten most of Grimm's Fairy Tales probably hurt my appreciation of the movie.
 



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