Movie Review: The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Before we get into the review itself, I want to apologize for my absence for almost two weeks. First I was busy, and then I got really sick. But now I’m back! Woo!

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Brothers Grimm”.

Jake (Heath Ledger, R.I.P) and Will (Matt Damon) are a pair of brothers who travel from town to town, defeating demons for the people. And by defeating demons I mean that they set up a fake demon based on local folklore, “defeat it”, and then get paid by the people of those towns. But these dirty rotten scoundrels are about to come face to face with something they never thought they’d run into… a forest filled with actual magical creatures. So now we have our dark fairy tail. And is this plot any good? There’s a lot of good ideas here, but in the end it’s a fucking mess. At times it’s a comedy, at times it’s a horror movie, at times it’s a whimsical fantasy, at times a family drama. It creates an inconsistent and messy blend that doesn’t work.

The characters in this I can see the potential of, but we only ever skim the surface of them. Heath Ledger (May he rest in peace) plays Jake, one of the two titular brothers. He has a love of fairy tales, and often shows signs of believing in them (at least more than his brother). He’s also a little bit of an idiot and a coward. He’s probably the closest we have here to a compelling character. Though that could also be because Heath Ledger is really good in the role. Matt Damon plays Will, the second Grimm brother. He’s more or less the leader of the two, and can be a bit of a jerk at times. And his character is… meh. Damon’s good though. Then we have Peter Stormare as an Italian soldier that the brothers travel with through the movie. He’s a bit of an idiot and chews all the scenery. And yes, Stormare is glorious in the role. Then we have Lena Headey as Angelika, a young hunter that the brothers run into during their quest and eventually join forces with. She’s a no-nonsense badass with a mysterious past, and while that sounds interesting, it’s only surface-level. But Headey is really good in the role. And we get some okay supporting turns from people like Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Monica Bellucci, Richard Ridings, and more.

The score for the movie was composed by Dario Marianelli, and I think he did a good job with it. His score is bombastic, emotional, quirky, and even has a bit of a fairy tale feel to it. It somehow elevates the movie above it’s mediocrity. It’s almost too good for whatever the hell is on screen at any given time.

This movie was directed by Terry Gilliam and I have mixed feelings. On one hand, his direction really helps sell the fairy tale style and even builds a lot of atmosphere. But it is devoid of any real tension, despite being part horror flick. And the CGI in this movie, good fucking god… it’s awful. I can usually excuse a little bit of bad CGI, but when you have so many awesome practical sets/costumes/props, the bad CG gets quite distracting, especially when it’s as prominent as it is here.

This movie hasn’t been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 38% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 51/100. Roger Ebert gave it 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,9/10.

While “The Brothers Grimm” has some good things going for it, I’d say it’s a bit too messy to recommend. It has a very messy plot, meh characters, good performances, good music, okay directing, and awful effects. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Brothers Grimm” is a 4,98/10. So I’d recommend skipping it.

My review of “The Brothers Grimm” is now completed.

Feels good to be back.

Movie Review: Everest (2015)

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I like being outdoors and hiking… but I don’t like heights. So with that said, you will never see me go mountain climbing.

Disclaimer: I know this thing is based on a true story, but I will not base my review on how perfectly accurate to the real situation it may or may not be, but I will instead judge it as a movie… which it is. Disclaimer over.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s climb to the top of… “Everest”.

Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) is a man who runs a business of leading expeditions up to the top of Mount Everest. So far it has gone pretty well with his previous expeditions. But when he in 1996 takes a group of people up there, the expedition goes awry because of a storm which results in some pretty terrible things. And from that we get a really interesting drama about people trying to not die. Now I don’t want you to go into this thinking that it’s gonna be a survival flick like “The Grey” where they have to use everything they can find to survive. This is not really as action-packed, but instead focuses on the drama of the climb up and then the climb down. But we don’t only follow Rob and his crew up on the mountain, as we also get to follow the team at base camp led by Helen Wilton (Emily Watson). And like I said, this is a really interesting story with a few decent moments of suspense and emotion. Though there are a few pacing issues occasionally, with a few bits where it rushes a little bit. While not the worst pacing that I’ve ever experienced, it was still noticeable and definitely worth pointing out.

The characters in the movie are for the most part pretty well developed. Sure, a few of them are not the most interesting, and that is a little sad since the movie made such a big deal of them being part of it all. Jason Clarke is terrific in the role of Rob Hall, he is such a likable man who just wants everyone to make and also make sure that everyone has a good time. And he did a great job with his performance. Josh Brolin is great in his role. John Hawkes is great as his character. Jake Gyllenhaal is terrific in his role. Michael Kelly is also really good, as is Emily Watson. Then I also have to mention Sam Worthington. I am generally not a big fan of him in movies, but I think he did a really good job in his role in this movie even if it is a relatively small one. And then there are a whole bunch of other great actors in the movie that I will not mention because I don’t want to be hear all day.

The score for the movie was composed by Dario Marianelli and I think that it is really good. It’s a very inspiring set of tracks that really work for this movie and really helps make this movie feel even bigger. I could actually see myself listening to this during a hike… mostly to make it feel more epic even though it isn’t.

This movie was directed by Icelandish director Baltasar Kormákur and he did a pretty great job with that. This reallt feels like an actual expedition, I really felt like I was there with the people who were climbing and freezing their asses off. I also have to give major props to the cinematographer, Salvatore Totino, because this movie looks absolutely beautiful… and terrifying because I don’t wanna fall into that pit the camera is looking down into. Yeah, this shit looks pretty terrific and real, yo.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 73% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,1/10.

“Everest” is a good movie. Sure, parts of the plot are a bit rushed and some of the characters are not as interesting as they should. But the plot overall is good, several of the characters are interesting, the acting is really good, the music is great, the directing is really good, and the cinematography is terrific. Time for my final score. Snow (Hey oh!). My final score for “Everest” is an 8,90/10. So I’d say that it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

My review of “Everest” is now completed.

Done my fair share of
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Whoa! It’s blues at the bottom!

 

Movie Review: Atonement (2007)

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How one simple lie can change the entire course of someone’s life… quite astonishing, really.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Atonement”.

Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) is a young, upper-class girl who aspires to become a writer. However her life kind of takes a turn for the not very good when she accuses Robbie (James McAvoy), her older sister’s (Keira Knightley) lover of doing something he actually didn’t do. This of course changes everyone’s lives in a pretty major way. I have to say that the basic story is one I find really interesting. Like I said in the intro, how one lie can change everything is simply astonishing. I also like that they present certain events in the story from multiple perspectives. And the ending… I applaud it for being so ballsy, it’s a really good ending.

Where the story was surprisingly interesting, the character department is where this thing kind of, sort of falters a bit. None of them every really develop, they all just kind of never learn anything or change… like a person would. Sure, you get some mild development from Briony’s part, but that is still very minimal. The acting though is pretty good. Saoirse Ronan is great as young Briony, giving a really good performance (for her age, at least). Keira Knightley is really good as well even though I still prefer her in “Pirates of the Caribbean”. James McAvoy is terrific in the movie, giving a nuanced and layered performance. Here is what is interesting though: the acting is really good, but Knightley and McAvoy who are supposed to play passionate lovers in the movie, mind you, don’t really have that good’a chemistry. I never really believed them to be the lovers that they were supposed to be. At least the acting was good I guess, even though the characters were uninteresting and the chemistry didn’t really exist.

The score for the movie was something interesting to listen to during the movie. It was composed by Dario Marianelli together with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. It is for the most part your typical period-drama music, but then they added an interesting twist to it… a typewriter. I know it sounds crazy, but trust me… there is a god damn typewriter in the soundtrack. I believe it goes together with Briony being a bit of a writer, so they use the typewriter to create some interesting sounds to go together with the rest of the score. And while it can get a bit distracting from time to time, overall it does kind of work.

This movie is pretty well directed. Everything looks pretty nice, evne if they use a lot of different camera techniques throughout the first act of the movie. Seriously, I noticed a whole bunch of different styles being done over the first third of the movie. But that’s okay, because overall it is a well directed movie. Especially a scene during the second half that has a single-take shot that is about five minutes long… I actually sat in the classroom (we watched it during literature class) and whispered to myself “This shot ist still going on, isn’t it? This hasn’t been interrupted once… holy shit”. And before we go any further, I will say it… this movie is total fucking Oscar-bait. It has all the signs of it, there is no denying it… Anywho… good job with the directing, Joe Wright.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 85/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,8/10. The movie won an 1 Oscar in the category of Best Original Score. It also got an additional 6 nomainations in the categories of Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Ronan), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

“Atonement” is a bit of an interesting thing. It has a good story, not very good (but at least well acted) characters, an interesting original score, good directing and an ending that made me appreciate it a bit more than if it would’ve been different. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “Atonement” is an 8,22/10. While I think it is pretty overrated, I do still think it’s worth a rental.
Rent it

“Atonement” is now reviewed.

Oh, I’m going to get some shit for this… Bring it on.