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Friday, September 16, 2005

The Brothers Grimm


There are two things that are particularily grim about this movie ~ the casting and the lack of plot. I mean really, who is going to believe Matt Damon as a rousing scoundrel from the Middle Ages. The boy just looks like he belongs at Fenway Park and it is a stretch to see him in breeches and sporting a (painfully bad) English accent. Yes, English even though he and his brother, played by Aussie Heath Ledger, are supposed to be German.

Nevertheless, the story is fun and there is non-stop action, which probably is all one can ask for from a fairy tale about the creators of fairy tales. As I said, there is a lot going on, but none of it is plot. Still, it is fun to see the references to the Grimm Brothers' real stories. There are clever snippets of Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumplestiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, and a host of others slipped into the story with a wink and a nod to those who are paying attention.

This is the kind of movie that will quickly evaporate from your mind after seeing it, but it is still a bit better afternoon of fun than cleaning the house or playing miniture golf. If nothing else, the popcorn at the Essex Outlet Cinemas makes the movie a lot more delicious. Make sure to try the cheesy topping. It makes up for even the dullest of movies, not to say The Brothers Grimm is dull.



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