The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

GrimmDragonAllright folks, this is it: the last of the cull* (at least for now, seeing as how, unfortunately, there’s a seemingly endless pile where this stuff comes from). As the first signs of spring begin to emerge, it’s time to hang up the films that might not be any good and watch ones we actually care about. To end our journey into the great and usually disappointing unknown, we ended up with The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.

Let me start off by saying this: kids’ movies just aren’t my thing. So, from the get-go I was not looking forward to a movie about the famous German brothers responsible for a bazillion fairy tales. The film is framed with the real-life story of the brothers: Jacob, the serious, responsible brother just wants to finish the biography of the Duke they’ve been tasked with writing. Wilhelm, the carefree, spirited brother would much rather collect fairy tales from the local flower-peddler. The audience not only witnesses the trials and tribulations of the brothers, but also the acting out of several of the fairy tales the brothers are famous for.

Russ Tamblyn, too - but I prefer him as Twin Peaks' Dr. Jacoby.

Russ Tamblyn, too – but I prefer him as Twin Peaks’ Dr. Jacoby.

I guess this movie is kind of cute, and some of the special effects are impressive for the time period (a man in an invisible cloak, the cobbler’s helpful elves, etc.). And, I must admit that, even with my cold heart of stone I was touched by some of the stories here. This is something that would be fun to show a bunch of kids, if you can keep them interested for the 135-minute running time. It’s full of lessons and charm and whatnot. We’re keeping this one, but mostly because Q just loved the hell out of it. I, of course, only begrudgingly tolerated it.

*Q and I have decided it’s time for a great cull; an early spring cleaning. We have a large number of movies we have not yet seen. Are these movies any good? This is the question we are out to answer. If it’s no good, out it goes.


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