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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Written By Awir Aditya on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 | 12:35 AM


Genre: Fantasy/Action/Thriller/Adventure/Comedy

Starring: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce, Lena Headey

Wilhelm (Damon) and Jacob (Ledger) are known as the brothers Grimm. They travel around French occupied Germany, carrying out exorcism and ridding the villages of evil spirits. The only flaw in this entire operation is that the spirits don't actually exist and its just one huge con game. They have been able to carry out their profession quite successfully until the French government manages to apprehend them. They strike a deal with General Delatombe (Pryce) who agrees to let them go if they solve the 'missing children problem' of the village of Marbaden. However, for the first time the brothers find themselves facing a true curse which they absolutely do not believe in or know how to eliminate. With the help of a huntress Angelica (Headey) who knows the forest inside-out, the brothers desperately try to save the village and at times their own life. The brothers Grimm in reality, were folk tale collectors from Germany in the 18th century. Apart from their names, nothing else is in common with the movie. The movie picks up small snippets of various folk tales that were spun up in Europe during that era like Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel etc. and have included them in the movie. The movie doesn't do too much on the humour front with its limited presence. The story is a little less dramatic but nonetheless, tries quite hard. Matt Damon and Heath Ledger made a good on-screen pair but that did not help too much in improving the movies appeal.

Thumbs up: Encompassing various European folk tales
Thumbs down: Lack of twists in the story

Rating: 6.0/10
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