The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm

Terry Gilliam (2005)

113min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Yet again, incorrigible director Terry Gilliam struggled to get another piece of his fertile imagination onto the big screen. His previous movie, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, didn't get made at all (as chronicled in documentary Lost in La Mancha) so it's with some relief that The Brothers Grimm at last emerged from the wilderness. Set in Germany in the late 18th century, this grotesque, freewheeling period fantasy harks back to Gilliam's mud-caked, pre-industrial work such as Jabberwocky and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Here, the future purveyors of scary fairy tales, Jacob (Heath Ledger) and Wilhelm Grimm (Matt Damon), are travelling conmen who become embroiled in the mystery of a haunted forest from which youngsters continue to disappear. Ledger and Damon - sporting fine English accents - carry the film with their bickering shtick, but the sketchy script leaves the likes of Peter Stormare and Jonathan Pryce to overact horribly and Lena Headey to do nothing much at all apart from be the love interest. The occasional CGI effects may leave a little to be desired but, after a plodding start, the momentum picks up to produce a barnstorming third act.

Summary

Travelling conmen Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm convince naive country folk that demons are making mischief in their villages - and then charge the gullible yokels for getting rid of the phoney beasts. However, their scam catches up with them when they are tasked to find some missing children by a local governor - leading to an encounter with a real witch in an enchanted wood. Terry Gilliam's period fantasy adventure, with Heath Ledger, Matt Damon, Jonathan Pryce and Monica Bellucci.

Cast & Crew

Wilhelm Grimm Matt Damon
Jacob Grimm Heath Ledger
Delatombe Jonathan Pryce
The Mirror Queen Monica Bellucci
Angelika Lena Headey
Cavaldi Peter Stormare
Hidlick Mackenzie Crook
Bunst Richard Ridings
Director Terry Gilliam
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
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