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Brothers Grimm falls short

For years ?The Grimm Fairytales? have frightened young readers with its monsters, trolls and hungry wolves. But never has the relationship between the Grimm Brothers, Wilhelm (Matt Damon) and Jacob Grimm (Heath Ledger), been told so in depth.

In the film, the Grimm brothers are making their way village to village conning people out of the little money they possess. Tricking towns into believing they are in danger of witches or bridge trolls, the brothers then stage exorcisms to rid the villages of the farce monsters.

Until the French General Delatombe (Jonathan Pryce) discovers their workings he leaves them the choice of working for the French, or death. Upon the Grimm’s choice of French employment, Delatombe employs his bizarre torturer Cavaldi (Peter Stormare) to follow and insure their loyalty.

But in their first town working for the French, they fall into an actual enchanted forest full of mystery and kidnappings of the town?s young girls. They find themselves in the middle of an authentic fairytale, with no choice but to find the truth or die by the French sword.

With many little girls being kidnapped without much explanation, the viewer is left in confusion wondering whether or not what they saw had any importance in the progression of the story.

Considering the director is Terry Gilliam, well known for his work with the Monty Python films, it is disappointing to see this new movie lack in the humor he once specialized in. Other than a few jabs at the French, in python spirit, the humor is lost in confusion.

Cavaldi was the savior of the film with his over the top movements and accent. The environment and special effects in the movie are very impressive with surroundings that would be imagined in a Grimm fairytale. The ironic transformation of the digitally enhanced wolf-figure reminded me of the change in the Nazi general in Indiana Jones: The Raiders of the Lost Ark as he looked into the Ark of the Covenant.

The relationship shown between the brothers is something never before witnessed, giving the viewer a new perception on the Grimm family. The film possesses impressive acting from most of the leads but with the lack of humor or a good story line, the film falls short of its legendary title.

The Brothers Grimm is currently playing Edwards Cinema. For more information on the movie, go online to www.miramax.com/thebrothersgrimm/.

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