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The Brothers Grimm

Year: 2005
Director: Terry Gilliam
Cast: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce
What a disappointment. I'd expect the holiday-season movie trappings this film was full of from any other studio-friendly director. The lovable rogue heroes, the see-it-coming-around-the-corner plot and the crappy CG effects all felt like they'd come from a less influential Tim Burton.

Terry Gilliam's capable of so much more - he has a sardonic wit, a talent for interesting storytelling and his own voice. This was little more than a special effects movie with a couple of personalities in it. I remember when I heard about it ages ago I thought it was going to be a serious biopic. It should have been.

The brothers Grimm are ghostbusters and con artists in medieval Europe, setting up fake hauntings and then charging terrified townspeople a fortune to exorcise them.

We meet them having just closed the book on one lucrative case when their next (surprise surprise) turns out to be a real haunting and they find themselves quickly out of their depth.

Every corny movie institution was there - the feisty love interest, the precocious kid, the connection-to-the-backstory reveal. And it all sucked. Peter Stormare's character was so supremely irritating I didn't even realise I was supposed to be liking him when he turned into one of the good guys.

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