(This review may contain spoilers).
I’ve always loved fantasy, ever since I was really young. And I’ve always been interested in fairy tales, from an early age. Disney gives said fairy tales the obligatory happy ending, but the tales written by the Brothers Grimm are much darker in nature and I felt this film captured that really well.
The film does a really good job of showing Jake and Will’s personalities straight off the bat, with the first scene showing them as children. Although they’re technically con-men as adults, I liked their interactions and the brotherly relationship between them, even though they clashed in what they believed.
It was good to see elements of different fairytales included in this movie. Some of them were really quite creepy. There’s a pretty horrible scene with a horse having a mouthful of spiders. I like horses… but if I saw something like that, it would freak me right out.
There were some especially gory parts in this film, some of which made me cringe. One of the apparent bad guys has an about-face, which does’t really make a lot of sense with his confirmed character through the rest of the film. I didn’t find him a very likable character.
There were quite a few moments in this film that were really amusing. I really like Matt Damon and Heath Ledger in this. (But watching the film does make me said that Heath Ledger has actually passed away).
I did think there were some really nice shots and scenery in this movie. It was entertaining and I felt the cast was a really good one for this film. I think it could have been a good franchise if the producers had chosen to take the characters and plotlines further.