Brothers Grimm, The (2005, GBR/USA/CZE) C-118m. * D: Terry Gilliam. Starring Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Lena Headey, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce, Laura Greenwood, Monica Bellucci. Terry Gilliam's first film since the disastrous FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998) is almost as bad, with Damon and Ledger playing the title characters, who at first make a living as phony exorcists in early 19th century Germany, then get hired/forced by nobleman Pryce to find out what made 10 innocent children disappear in the nearby woods. Inexplicably, this fantasy/horror concoction (with elements from the Grimm fairy tales) is meshed with inane comedy, which almost makes this a spoof, but of what? Further downed by use of all-too-obvious digital effects. You never properly find your way into the story, only the atmosphere and settings intermittently catch your attention. The production was put on hold in 2004, so Gilliam made TIDELAND (2005) in between.

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