26 August 2005

Brothers Grimm well, grim

Damn. Terry Gilliam's Brothers Grimm is getting bad reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.


Blogger Lee H. said...

I'm disappointed Gilliam would even make a movie based on a script written by a Hollywood hack. No wonder it's a disappointment. (This guy managed to bungle the last Scream movie, for pete's sake, with all the momentum that series had going for it.) I'm on the fence as to whether I'm going to see Brothers Grimm or not.

5:46 PM, August 26, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

I saw it last night -- it's actually pretty good, although there was something about it I didn't quite like that I couldn't really put my finger on. I'd been hearing the lousy-to-lukewarm reviews and was a little leery, but it was actually pretty good I thought. No where near my favorite Gilliam, and it didn't have the impact that, say, Fear & Loathing or Brazil had on me, but I thought it was still worth seeing. I think I"ll be more into Tideland, though.

(though I'm really pissed because I lost my brand-new archie mcphee hat there that i had for like a day. I went there this morning, but no one turned it in, so I think an usher musta swiped it or something...)

6:27 PM, August 26, 2005  
Blogger Lee H. said...

In the pics I've seen from the movie so far, though, I have to say Heath Ledger is looking unusually cute.

It's probably all Hollywood trickery. ;D

9:04 PM, August 26, 2005  
Anonymous timv said...

I saw it Monday with Jesse. I liked it, but he was lukewarm toward it.

The imagery is pure Gilliam, but the plotline reminded me of Shrek II. Some of it is hard to follow, but not in the usual Gilliam way of storytelling, more like some bits were edited out, particularly when one character makes a 180 degree turn in attitude without a plausible reason.

Considering Gilliam's attempt at La Mancha, could it be that preproduction ate so many resources that actual filming became a rush job? The big scenes were excellent, but the plot movement scenes were so-so.

I gave it a 7/10 on imdb.

11:40 AM, August 30, 2005  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

I'd pretty much agree; I'd also add that I wish they didn't have the French sub-plot -- it sort of drug things down a bit, and I think it would have worked just as well without it.

Also, from what I'd heard, he started this movie a while ago, but had to go on a break from it due to _something_ -- don't remember what, maybe actor tie-ups or something -- made Tideland in the meantime, and then the studio started butting in with Grimm (I remember one was where he wanted Matt Damon to wear a false nose, and Miramax said they'd close production if they put it on him), he basically just said "fine, whatever, I don't care" and put more of his energies in Tideland. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but it does kind of explain some of it.

But yeah, 7/10 sounds about right, really.

12:17 PM, August 30, 2005  
Blogger CatsFive said...

Well, 7/10 sounds actually not too bad. A lot of really good movies that I have liked have gotten that score on IMDB. Personally, I'm going to wait for the DVD, especially considering what you just said about Tideland, Rev.

12:39 PM, August 30, 2005  

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