Grimsby full movie review - "The Brothers Grimsby" is a typically hilarious, irreverent and envelope-pushing Sacha Baron Cohen movie.
Wanna get to know people better? Ask them what they think of Sacha Baron Cohen. Then, if they say they like him, ask which of his movies they like the best.
You can tell a lot about people depending on what they think of Sacha Baron Cohen and his films. What they think, of course, will only be "good" or "bad" depending on your point of view, but you will definitely learn something about the people that you ask these questions. Personally, I felt that 2006's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" was sometimes hilarious and often clever, but occasionally went too far in how it depicted some people and in the graphic images that appeared on the screen. I liked 2012's "The Dictator" better, but I still prefer Cohen as a character actor in movies that he did not write, like "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues", "Les Misérables", "Hugo" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby". But I'd be lying if I said "The Brothers Grimsby" (R, 1:23) didn't make me laugh out loud.
Norman "Nobby" Butcher (Cohen) and Sebastian Graves (Mark Strong) are orphaned brothers who haven't seen each other in 28 years. They were separated when Sebastian was adopted and went to live in London. As young boys living in the working-class town of Grimsby, they had done everything together and only cared about each other, but could hardly have turned out to be more different. Nobby has hair and sideburns that makes him look like Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, and Nobby is, let's say, rather? uncouth. He spends his free time engaged in his two favorite activities ? drinking in the local pub with his equally couth-challenged friends ? and watching soccer (or, football, as it's called in Nobby's hometown). He lives with his significant other, Dawn Grobham (Rebel Wilson), and is busy raising his 11 children in their loving, but tiny home on Britain's eastern coast. In spite of the family's lack of space, he insists on maintaining a bedroom for his brother, with whom he hopes to be reunited... someday. Sebastian, on the other hand, is a top agent for Britain's MI6. He's a combination of James Bond, Jason Bourne and Vin Diesel, as we see through his spy-gadget contact lens when he performs several superhuman feats to take down a known terrorist and uncover the man's latest nefarious plot.
The plot that Sebastian uncovers turns out to be just the tip of a very large iceberg. Believing that terrorists are about to assassinate world-famous actress and humanitarian Rhonda George (Penélope Cruz) at a high-profile fundraiser in London, Sebastian is there trying to identify the would-be assassin before it's too late. One of Nobby's mates has learned Nobby's brother's name and that he's going to be at the fundraiser. The friend gives Nobby a stolen ticket and Nobby gleefully approaches his brother just when Sebastian is about to foil the assassination attempt. The head of MI6 (Ian McShane) now thinks that Sebastian is a double-agent and orders a vicious assassin named Chilcott (Sam Hazeldine) to kill Sebastian ? and his brother. Sebastian is now forced to rely on his idiot brother and Jodie Figgs (Isla Fisher), his one friend back at MI6, to help him get to the bottom of the terrorist plot and save the world. Their mission takes them to South Africa, where a femme fatale (Annabelle Wallis ), a hotel maid (Gabourey Sidibe), a drug smuggler (Barkhad Abdi) and a cast of thousands all play a role. Of course, since this movie stars and was co-written by Sacha Baron Cohen, there's some funny social and political commentary, politically incorrect and socially irresponsible humor, as well as juvenile jokes and sight gags that involve every bodily function and bit of human anatomy between the belly button and the upper thigh ? involving men, women and at least one other species within the animal kingdom. It's as if Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey co-wrote and starred in one of the "Jackass" movies with Johnny Knoxville.
"The Brothers Grimm" is one of those Sacha Baron Cohen movies which makes you laugh out loud (whether you want to or not), while also disgusting and maybe even offending you. I feel that this movie is just a bit more conservative than some of Cohen's previous work, but if you compare a certain wildlife scene in this film with a similar one in 1995's "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls", you'll see that Cohen still manages to push the envelope pretty far. (Yeah, I just used Jim Carrey as an example of restraint. What does that tell you?) This movie's plot is thin and full of holes, but it's sufficient to carry along Cohen's madness for just under an hour and a half. Mark Strong, who has shown his acting chops in "The Imitation Game", "Before You Go to Sleep" and "Kingsmen: The Secret Service" (in which he also earned a few laughs) is a terrific straight man and is side-by-side with Cohen for all their characters' misadventures and gross-out humor. While the saying "There are some things you just can't unsee" may pop into your mind on more than one occasion while watching this film, many audience members (the kind of people who like Sacha Baron Cohen at least) will find themselves laughing harder and more often than at many recent so-called comedies. "B"