Cynical Will (Matt Damon) and true-believing brother Jacob Grimm (Heath Ledger) travel the cloudy countryside in search of villages in need of exorcising. They pose as demon-busters and stage a capture with a ghostly prop. One day, French governor Delatombe (Brazil's Jonathan Pryce) snatches the lads and forces them to do their hoodoo in a village where kiddies are being taken -- as it turns out, by an ancient evil, imprisoned queen (Monica Bellucci) who needs the souls of the young in order to regain her youth and beauty, though apparently not her acting ability. Director Terry Gilliam has always been easy to admire, but his movies have grown harder to adore: They're too manic, too desperate, more out-of-control than inventively wild. This one, especially, feels like an amateur's parody of Gilliam himself; even its Fractured Fairy Tale setup is old news by now, having been better covered in the likes of Shrek and its superior sequel. This is grim stuff, indeed; oh brother, is it.
Director: Terry Gilliam
Writer: Ehren Kruger, Terry Gilliam and Tony Grisoni
Producer: Daniel Bobker and Charles Roven
Cast: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce, Lena Headey, Monica Bellucci, MacKenzie Crook, Tomas Hanak and Julian Bleach