The Brothers Grimm

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Surely you remember the Grimm brothers' fairy tales, culled from centuries of dark Germanic folklore: "Little Red Riding Hood," "Hansel and Gretel"...Ghostbusters? It's actually that latter fantasy that offers the most unflattering comparison to Terry Gilliam's tricked-up spin on the legendary sibs (Damon, Ledger), here reconceived as exploitative phonies who run into a bona fide succubus. So much of Grimm feels fizzily insubstantial, lacking either the romantic depth of Gilliam's masterpiece, Brazil, or the Rube Goldbergian creativity of Baron Munchausen. For summer fare, this is undeniably offbeat stuff; Gilliam just needs to rediscover his rhythm.

By: JR

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