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The dark side of fairytales, but lacking something,
This review is from: The Brothers Grimm [DVD] (DVD)
As a lover of fairytales and folklore, I watched this film for what it is; entertainment based upon the dark world of the Brothers Grimm, with a little bit of comedy thrown in for good measure. Although in ways the film could have been better, it did have elements that I enjoyed.
The story is about the Grimm brothers, Wilheim and Jakob, two con men who take advantage of villagers and their belief in common folklore. Offering their services as what is akin to exorcists, they in fact create the monsters themselves before bravely ridding the town of them at the cost of the people. But then they are called to a small village where young girls have been disappearing from the forest. It seems, after all, there are elements of truth to folklore tales, and they are the ones employed to rid the evil that resides in the forest.
For anyone who enjoys fairytales there may be much to like about this film. Along the way you see touches of the familiar charaters - there are allusions to Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella and Rapunzel to name a few. Rightly so, the film is also dark; both how it has been shot but also the atmopshere of it. This fits perfectly with how the Grimm fairytales were; they were not light and fluffy like Andersen. But, despite these touches, there did seem to be something missing overall. The comedy was very subtle in places, whilst in others it verged on the ridiculous or lame. The brothers themseleves didn't seem that well developed either - as they were the heart of the film, this was a problem. This resulted in the film seeming to be quite disjointed, more like a hodge-podge of fairytale references which rather than adding to the main storyline instead sometimes made it feel contrite and forced.
Having said that, not a complete disaster.