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Dark but good

MOVIE REVIEW: "The Brothers Grimm"; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes

MOVIE REVIEW: "The Brothers Grimm"; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes

August 30, 2005

Reviewers Fedora Copley and Lydia Hadfield went to see "The Brothers Grimm," a tale about two con artists in 19th-century Germany who come across a magical situation they'd never expected.

Lydia: So, what do you think of "The Brothers Grimm" as a whole?

Fedora: I like it a lot, although it is scarier than I had thought it would be. The sets are very convincing. Also the costumes.

Lydia: Very evocative. The various moods are excellently portrayed.

Fedora: One aspect I have a complaint about is the accents; the Germans have a muddy English accent. But I don't think the two main characters, Will (Matt Damon) and Jacob (Heath Ledger) would be as hot with German accents.

Lydia: Right. I'm not sure how historically accurate "The Brothers Grimm" is. Then again, the movie is an entertainment, not a history. What do you think of the main characters?

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Fedora: I think Jacob's character is interesting and fairly original, and Ledger makes that come alive. Character development is one of the movie's strong points.

Lydia: I agree. I think the characters are well-constructed - they strike me as real amidst all the fairy tale fantasy. I like how the Grimm brothers characters develop. Will is the practical half and Jake the dreamer. It is sort of symbolic of the movie's balance between reality and fantasy. What do you think of the special effects?

Fedora: In general, they evoke the right mood, but sometimes they aren't very original. I think the plot is creative - two con men go from village to village pretending to get rid of witches, demons and other fearful beings. The story entwine all the fairy tales in a dark, more realistic, sometimes tragic way.

Lydia: It is thought-provoking, but with plenty of action and plot development. I think the dialogue is sharp and convincing. When the actors might diverged into sappy territory, I think Damon and Ledger deliver the lines well.

Fedora: Yes, both the writing and the delivering are good.

Lydia: There were some smarmy 'modern' comebacks that I think are out of place. But, in general, I thoroughly enjoy the movie, though it is definitely dark.

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