Starring: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Lena Headey
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Written By: Ehren Kruger
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.
Terry Gilliam films are always weird and quirky and this is no exception. Visually imaginative and fun, it does suffer from having the silly humour of the two brothers bumbling about slammed up against scenes of really quite grisly and grotesque fantasy. It’s even quite horrific in places, but it is never dull and the craftsmanship is exquisite.
It very cleverly uses well known fairy tales and weaves them into grand set pieces. It’s worth seeing Matt Damon and the late Heath Ledger being silly and having great fun (with some questionable accents and silly shiny armour). Monica Belluci is great as the Evil Mirror Queen/Rapunzel type character and Lena Headey gets to be another kick-ass heroine. Just be in the mood for over the top nonsense. There have been many fairy tale big blockbusters of late but I would say try this one out as it really does try to be different and you can have fun spotting the many tales drifting in and out of this strange new story of the real life authors wandering about French occupied Germany.
HD TV will be fine, the bigger the better to see the artistry.
Horse lovers be warned watching this film! Many mishaps befall these poor beasts. The most memorable is one that gets infected by magical spiders who cause it to go crazy and foam webbing into a net which it then uses to ensnare a poor child which it then promptly swallows and goes galloping off with its engorged torso swaying into a dark brooding forest! Now that, you don’t see to often – disturbingly vivid.
Stewart’s two cents:
You really have to be in the mood for a Terry Gilliam movie because it’s usually like watching a live action Salvador Dalí painting. Unfortunately, I felt this story wasn’t a good fit for Gilliam’s style. The structured plot to me seemed to be at odds with the more manic events and characters Gilliam likes to put on the screen.