Joshua (dragonguyver) wrote in spadortch,

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Gilliam nation

Guess who's back? Back again? Gilliam's back. Tell a friend. Guess who's back. Guess who's back. Guess who's back. Guess who's back. Guess who's back. Guess who's back....

The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm was damn good. All hail Gilliam.

Anyways, I was surprised when I heard about this one, because it was nigh imminent when I first caught word. I like to think of myself as being on the pulse a little better than that, but oh well.

So the story is about two brothers by the name of Grimm who go from town to town in like, the 1700s or something like that, and they con townspeople out of their money by defeating monsters or curses that didn't exist in the first place. Who can blame them? The townspeople sort of invited it all on themselves to begin with.

Matt Damon's character is perfectly happy to haul in the dough and get the women, but his bookish brother is a dreamer, whom he constantly remonstrates with the two words "magic beans!" To imply that it's all bullshit and don't forget it.

Through a surprising series of events, they are forced to a small town whose children are vanishing, and the citizens all have different and strange stories about how and why, but it all has to do with the strange and forbidding forest outside the town proper.

Anyway, we were all a little doubtful when we heard the premise. Was this supposed to have anything to do with the fables by the authors of the same name? How great will this movie be anyway? It doesn't sound like Brazil or 12 Monkeys or anything. Hmmm...

So Carl and Ryan and I saw it, and it was pretty cool. There are a few big surprising elements which I didn't see hinted at in the trailers and such. It didn't seem quite as Gilliam-esque as I was used to, though. But it was good. The forest was badass, and there is a tower which is cool. The characters are well-done and believable, and interact plausibly.

Terry really doesn't like the french at all. Especially Revolution-era French.

It was very enjoyable. Particularly because as I was watching, I didn't know what was going on. I mean, I didn't know what was causing the stuff that was happening. That part was cool. There were many strange twists that lured your interest further into the film, and they all pay off and are explained, too!

So! If you ever had a, you know, childhood, this movie should entertain and delight.

Final Score: 90.
The ending made me happy.

What next, bitches?
Tags: awesomeness, gilliam, movies
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