Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Terry Gilliam)

Fittingly, for a movie about a notorious embellisher, I remembered a scene from this movie that didn't actually exist. I kept watching it, waiting for the scene that has become my favorite since seeing it for the first time as a child, before realizing, halfway through, that I had combined elements from two other scenes and placed them in a landscape invented by myself. Oh, well. If memory is that untrustworthy, why not embellish the hell out of it? At any rate, Munchausen is still funny, imaginative, and entertaining, though a little uneven. Sometimes the huge budget and fairly conventional plot plod along dully or unfairly speed things up when they need to take their time, but mostly, this film looks like a child's fever dream and, in places, seems like Gilliam's most tender, personal film. Even Robin Williams isn't that annoying. And Sting's in it for five seconds, which is the closest he's ever come to (intentional) humor in his life.

1 comment:

kristykay said...

My, what a handsome moustache....

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