And you thought they were just preservationists...
The Brothers Grimm (2005) is a fantasy-comedy film by Terry Gilliam, starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm, a pair of con artists who claim to be able to exorcise hostile spirits. In addition, they write fanciful tales of their exploits, which viewers may recognize as early drafts of familiar Grimm fairy tales.A wrench is thrown in their familiar plans when, passing through a small town in French-occupied Germany, they are charged with solving a mystery there. While the townsfolk believe supernatural forces are at work, their employer believes the disappearances to be the work of con artists like the Grimms themselves. What the brothers find is far darker than any con they have ever pulled off, and unraveling the curse will require true bravery rather than their usual theatrics.Also stars Monica Bellucci and Jonathan Pryce. Has practically nothing to do with the realBrothers Grimm. (Or Does It?)
And I Must Scream: On one side of the coin, there's the results of the face stealing, namely children with blanks for faces. On the other, it appears that the Sorceress will be trapped in the shards of her broken mirror until she gets herself out (unlikely) or someone gets her out (really unlikely). Oh, and she's immortal, so even dying of old age isn't an option.
Fake Nationality: The German lead characters are played by an American and an Australian, the (presumably) German Queen is played by an Italian, the Italian Torture Technician is played by a Swede, and the French general is played by an Englishman.
Playing Against Type: Terry Gilliam had talked Matt Damon out of wanting to play Will, intending the part for Heath Ledger. When Ledger read the script, he told Gilliam he wanted to play Jakob, surprising both Gilliam and Damon with the choice. Gilliam has stated he hopes audiences will be as excited to see the two playing against type as he was to direct them that way.
Pocket Protector: The flashy, mirror armor that the Grimms wear as part of their con saves Cavaldi's life.
Polyamory: Angelika, ever the pragmatist, decides there are more important things to do than to choose a brother for her Love Interest. The story never advocates one over the other, and at the end of the film she goes off with both of them.
Rage Against the Reflection: Played with. The Vain Sorceress cast a spell of eternal life on herself, not realizing that it would not keep her young and beautiful forever. Fortunately for her, she has a magic mirror that shows her young and beautiful self, and can use her magic to make a man look only at the reflection. She almost seduces Jakob this way, but Will tosses a rock up from below (trying to signal to his brother) and cracks the mirror, breaking the spell. The Queen is defeated in the climax by shattering the mirror completely, which shatters her as well.