Movie Review: The Brothers Grimm

February 26, 2007 § Leave a comment

I thought I’d add a brief film-review section. I hate being stuck at Blockbuster or Video Difference faced with everything not in the New Releases section, and no idea what to choose. My first thought was only to recommend the movies I liked, but that’s not fair— why should you have to suffer through, say, The Brothers Grimm?

So anyway, I’m not doing New Releases, and I’ll try not to give away plot details… and bear in mind, I am in no way a movie critic. To wit: The Brothers Grimm.

(2005) I really wanted to like this— the terrific, campy sets and over-the-top acting, the fairy tale backstories— but it just wasn’t very good. Terry Gilliam directed, and I remember reading a review saying he let his imagination run away with him in the visual effects department, to the detriment of all other aspects of the film. The sound seemed uneven, the script seemed to be a series of four or five two-minute skits, repeated several times, and barely strung together with the intervening scenes.

I’m also bothered by how many films in which Monica Belluci plays a beautiful object. She’s hired on the basis of her looks, and looking pretty is all that’s expected of her: Here, she is an evil queen who enchants men with her looks. In Malena, she was a woman judged on the basis of her seductive appearance. In The Matrices, she was the wife of The Merovingian, and functioned mainly as window dressing. I’d like to see her act someday.

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