The Brothers Grimm Reviews
If only summer movies were, as a matter of course, this inventive, this modest, this interested -- even derisively -- in cultural legacies, this faithful to concept and setting.
Those who adore Terry Gilliam for his taunting French soldiers in Monty Python and the Holy Grail or his weird subversiveness in Brazil may find The Brothers Grimm to be a fairy tale gone sour.
Director Terry Gilliam's strong visual sense is ideally suited to this material, and he and his special-effects crew have cooked up some dandy images. Still, the moral of this story is that sometimes slick pictures alone aren't enough.
Mr. Gilliam has no clear idea what he's doing, so the movie is nothing more than noise, costumes and disjointed special effects that do not make an acceptable substitute for the sense of tempo the rest of the film sorely lacks.