Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Brothers Grimm: Completely unwatchable

It would be my guess that out of all the movies ever made about these famous German brothers this most recent one, starring Heath Ledger and Matt Damon, has them doing spins in their respective graves.
I thought the idea was clever: mixing in the lives of the Grimm Brothers with their stories into a quasi-action movie. Heath plays Jacob, the dreamer and fool, who also seems to be a drunk. Matt plays Wilhelm, the smarter brother, whose role it is to keep his brother out of trouble and be the brains of the duo. I think there is a sidekick or two in there but I didn't watch long enough to find out.
I really should have watched the whole thing before writing about it but I just couldn't. After about 20 minutes of enduring the opening scenes I had a conversation with my husband that went something like this:
Me: "Dude. This movie, like, blows."
Husband: "Shut it off."
M: "I can't, I got it from Netflix"
H: "Who cares? Just send it back and get another one."
M: "But I'm supposed to watch the whole thing before I blog it."
H: "Dude..."
M: "O.k."
I stopped suffering soon after that. I know those dudes got paid to make this movie. I just hope they had fun hanging out in Prague while they were doing so.


Dave said...

Good call. That movie was just brutal. I can honestly say I wish that I'd turned it off after 20 minutes.

Clay said...

The funny thing is I can't really put my finger on what they did wrong. It seemed like it should have been better than it was. (I did watch the whole thing by the way, and it's more of the same.) The whole was just less than the sum of the parts.