The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

The first thing you need to know about this film is that Terry Gilliam is the director.   Most of his films would be what I consider to be an epic.  They start in one place and you feel as if you’ve gone on a wild ride (for better or worse) while ending up in a completely different place.

If Monty Python, The Fisher King, The Imaginarium of Dr. Pernassus and Brazil had a baby it would be this film.  It quite reminded me of Brazil in that (especially later in the film) it had the feel of a wild and giant production (although I liked this film far better than that film).  There was a dreamy feel to this film that was not unlike that of Pernassus.  There was the question of delusion that was central in Fisher King.  And in Jonathan Pryce’s performance I could easily see John Cleese if the film were to have a more comedic slant to it (this is not to say that there wasn’t comedy in the film).  (EDIT:  it turns out that the original attempt to make this film did in fact star John Cleese).

I think what stands out the most in Gilliam’s work is just how unique of a story teller he is.  While not all of his films work for me I can always appreciate the ambition that he has in taking on these project.  It always helps to get the kind of stellar performances that were delivered by Pryce and Adam Driver.

IHATEBadMovies.com reviews The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Movie title: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Movie description: Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth.

Date published: 2019-01-12

Director(s): Terry Gilliam

Actor(s): Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Jordi Mollà, Joana Ribeiro, Óscar Jaenada, Olga Kurylenko, Rossy de Palma, Sergi López, Paloma Bloyd, Lídia Franco, Bruno Schiappa

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction

My Review

The first thing you need to know about this film is that Terry Gilliam is the director.   Most of his films would be what I consider to be an epic.  They start in one place and you feel as if you’ve gone on a wild ride (for better or worse) while ending up in a completely different place.

If Monty Python, The Fisher King, The Imaginarium of Dr. Pernassus and Brazil had a baby it would be this film.  It quite reminded me of Brazil in that (especially later in the film) it had the feel of a wild and giant production (although I liked this film far better than that film).  There was a dreamy feel to this film that was not unlike that of Pernassus.  There was the question of delusion that was central in Fisher King.  And in Jonathan Pryce’s performance I could easily see John Cleese if the film were to have a more comedic slant to it (this is not to say that there wasn’t comedy in the film).  (EDIT:  it turns out that the original attempt to make this film did in fact star John Cleese).

I think what stands out the most in Gilliam’s work is just how unique of a story teller he is.  While not all of his films work for me I can always appreciate the ambition that he has in taking on these project.  It always helps to get the kind of stellar performances that were delivered by Pryce and Adam Driver.

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