Tuesday, August 02, 2005

[culcha] Terry Gilliam takes on fairy tales

I read about this quite some time ago (I don't remember where - the article's photo spread says Gilliam finished filming 2 years ago but only wrapped up the special effects work in June.) and I'm glad to see it coming to fruition:
Little Red Riding Hood has good reason to be afraid in Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm. The Grimms - Will (Matt Damon) and Jake (Heath Ledger), whom Gilliam presents as itinerant hucksters doing a brisk trade in fake exorcisms - don't much care whether a certain little girl makes it to Grandmother's house intact. But when ordered by the authorities to find out why kids have been disappearing, the brothers come face-to-face with a 500-year-old witch whose beauty regimen requires the sacrifice of virgins. Not for Gilliam the saccharine fairy tales beloved by children: In his version, Will and Jake learn firsthand the horrors of enchantment.
As a longtime Gilliam fan, I am so there...


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