The Brothers Grimm wrote down many Germanic folktales that have since become stories read in over 160 languages around the world. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in the mid 1700s and collected and wrote stories their entire lives, stories that most of us are familiar with, like “Cinderella,” “The Frog King,” “Hansel and Gretel” and “Little Briar-Rose,” which were very likely were read to us as children.
I think both Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm would be turning over in their graves to have a movie like “Brothers Grimm” carry their name and bits and pieces of their stories. One of the main problems with the film is there are portions of so many of their stories all combined in one film, desperately trying to put together some sort of cohesive plot. Director Terry Gilliam and writer Ehren Kruger fail to do so. The film is boring after awhile, not to mention confusing much of the time. It really doesn’t do justice to classic folktales from Germany.
The other problem is that “The Brothers Grimm” is supposed to be funny. It is listed as a comedy/horror film. I might have laughed once or twice, but in my estimation this is a far cry from being a comedy. The content, while being mild for many PG-13 films these days, is still too objectionable for a family audience. You can see from our content description that the list of violent acts and other creepy images in this film are too graphic in their presentation. I have a feeling that the Grim Reaper will ensure this film has a very short life span in the theaters.