Terry Gilliam

Monty Python gang member Gilliam has had a pretty successful career doing pretty much everything. Not a lot of humor outside of Python; his dramatic movies have been better received.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: A fantasy m0vie about some guy. I’ve never been a fan of Gilliam’s fantasy worlds (I fell asleep watching Time Bandits) and this is no exception. Interesting casting with Jonathan Pryce, Sting, and Oliver Reed to name a few, but I was never intrigued.

Grade: D

Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Not my favorite Python movie, but it easily has the most iconic scenes and quotable one-liners. Uneven in pacing and continuity, but the good scenes are really funny. A good introduction to British humor.

Grade: B+

12 Monkeys: Bruce Willis, a prisoner, must travel back in time to the 90’s to find the cause of a virus that kills five billion people. Trippy time-travel stuff, solid plot, and excellent performances. One of the best of Willis’s career, and probably my favorite performance by Brad Pitt (a mental health patient) as well. Gilliam’s apocalyptic future is visually interesting.

Grade: A

Other Terry Gilliam Movies You May Have Seen

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Brothers Grimm
The Meaning of Life
The Fisher King
Time Bandits

8 thoughts on “Terry Gilliam”

  1. I totally agree with your grade for 12 Monkeys as I absolutely love that movie and Pitt’s performance in it is easily his best. I slightly disagree with your rating of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, though, as that’s always been one of my favorite movies and, yes, I’m one of those annoying people who can pretty much recite every line of the movie (probably because I’ve watched it at least 60 or 70 times). You’re right that its pacing and continuity is uneven but that’s because it’s more of an assortment of skits all related (loosely) to the same subject. I’ve also never thought of it as a Terry Gilliam movie even though he is listed as a co-director with Terry Jones; I think all of them were involved. So what is your favorite Python movie? Life of Brian?

    1. I think all of them were involved.

      I’d be surprised. Multiple directors is an absolutely horrible idea – on stage and on screen.

        1. Yes, I saw that in the original comment. I just don’t think it’s likely that it was a team of six guys. I was in a show where three dudes tried to direct. It was a disaster, as they constantly argued over how a moment should be played. Slowly but surely, the lesser ones figured out that they were the lesser ones and got out of the way.

  2. I love 12 Monkeys as much as you do. Time Bandits also gets awesome and tells a story you never realized it was telling.

    See Brazil post-haste.

    Fear and Loathing is fun if you don’t mind a story with almost no plot. I know what Hunter S. Thompson was going for, but at that length, it’s overkill.

    1. I actually had Brazil from Netflix and sent it back because it was really long and Ebert gave it a terrible review. Maybe someday.

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