movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Alcoholic madman gives daughter’s soul to Satan.

PEOPLE: My favorite director, Terry Gilliam! He directed my favorite movie ever, the movie Brazil, as well as Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys, Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas, Monty Python & The Quest For The Holy Grail, The Fisher King, The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, and Tideland. It’s hard for him to go wrong — though there have been 2 or so out of his 14 or so full-length movies that I haven’t really cared for: The Brothers Grim (so-so) and Jabberwocky (absolutely awful).

Starring Heath Ledger (who died during this), Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell (Daredevil, Phone Booth, Minority Report), Christopher Plummer (Charles Muntz in the movie Up, #1 in the movie 9, A Beautiful Mind, 12 Monkeys, General Chang in Star Trek 6, Gandahar, Dreamscape), musician Tom Waits… And the lovely Lily Cole, playing a 15-going-on-16-year old who’s way too hot to be 16 (She’s 22). She’s like a living anime chick. Check her out here and here. Or, NSFW, HERE!!!, HERE, HERE. She was Polly from the 2007 St. Trinian’s movie we watched. She needs to be in more stuff.

QUIRKS: Fantasy and imagination. A deal with the devil. Personal choices. Your standard Gilliam tropes.

VISUALS: Typically awesome Terry Gilliam cinematography and special effects. Excellent visuals.

BAD STUFF: Is it just surrealist escapism? It’s not quite as cohesive as some films, but that’s often a Gilliam staple. It’s definitely possible to miss the point, and it certainly helps to read peoples’ thoughts on the IMDB forums.

CONCLUSION: Fantastic! Just… fantastic. Maybe not as good as 12 Monkeys and Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas, but EXTREMELY COMPARABLE.

Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
Mark I: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7.75/10. [Which is very high for mark who rates most movies 2 stars.]

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.3/10, Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.2/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: There’s really not a Terry Gilliam movie worth missing, other than Jabberwocky and maybe The Brothers Grim. Some say this is his best film since Brazil. Either way, this is a must for anyone with any imagination.

SIMILAR MOVIES: One could say this has some similarities to Brazil, and other Gilliam themes… But it’s really hard to say what movie would be most similar to this film.

MOVIE QUOTE: Tony: Can you put a price on your dreams?

COINCIDENCES: (The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus, Ugly Americans #2) 2 videos in the same weekend with alcoholic centuries-old, bearded wizard-types.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: JSun said it was Gilliam’s best movie since Brazil. Sean P said it was a visual masterpiece (typical for Gilliam). Everyone seemed to be really excited about this movie, and happy to see it.

Mood: annoyed
Music: Gwar – A History Of The End Of The World (live)