Thursday, 23 February 2012
Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales and TV Series
It's not often I start watching a new television series and think, wow. Grimm is one of them. The premise behind the show is simple - the characters from fairy tales actually exist, albeit living their lives disguised as humans, and the Grimms are members of a family who can see these monsters and fight them.
The show starts with the lead character - a Grimm - not knowing his family inheritance. Throw in strange visions, a dying aunt, a trailer full of lethal weapons and ancient notebooks, and a job as a detective, and you have the ingredients for a great series. The casting is spot-on and the dialogue perfect. The show is dark and and there is violence throughout, but there are moments of humour and they work well. In fact one of my favourite characters is a lycanthrope who brings these lighter moments.
Each episode is loosely based on the characters from a fairy tale, but don't expect to watch Little Red Riding Hood or Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They are just the inspiration. However, I have to say after just two episodes I'm already thinking of buying a Grimm Brothers anthology. The series is that good.
Have you watched Grimm? If you have, what did you think of it? What was the last series that gave you a wow moment? Have you read any of the Grimm Fairy Tales? With over 200 of them, where would you recommend someone start?