Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci
Yes, The Brothers Grimm was a blatant paycheck movie for him, but the fact remains that it’s a Terry Gilliam movie, and he’s pretty damn good at his job. It’s unfortunate that pretty much the only part of the film that feels like a Gilliam movie is the casting, and in a lot of ways it feels like anybody could have directed it… but still, Terry Gilliam.
Matt Damon and Heath Ledger are brothers who scam innocent villagers in 16th century Germany by faking magical troubles and then solving them. The French occupation finds out about their scam, and makes them go stop another group of people who’ve been faking magic… OR IS IT REAL MAGIC ACTUALLY AND THERE’S AN EVIL MAGICAL QUEEN KIDNAPPING CHILDREN COULD IT POSSIBLY BE THAT?! MAYBE!!!
There are a ton of references to fairy tales jammed in here, like a more serious and sometimes legitimately creepy version of Shrek. The effects are mediocre, being mostly dominated by clunky CGI, and the acting is more or less what you’d expect from everybody except for Heath Ledger doing a pretty good job and Peter Stormare devouring scenery as a lecherous Italian sharpshooter. It’s formulaic and mostly soul-free, but it’s not the worst blockbuster movie you could ever see.