The best adaptation/reimagining/update of "1984" that has ever been done. The fact that Terry Gilliam went to war against Universal Studios so that we got to see his version and not a edited studio version with a tacked-on happy ending is to celebrated. A film full of fantastic visuals and I love this dark depressing future where people drown in bureaucracy and official papers something we get closer to ourselves.
Analog-techno-retro-futurist goofiness that slowly unfurls to reveal a devastating howl of dystopian despair (while never stopping being funny). A stroke of genius casting Michael Palin as a genial torturer. I remember my parents had a real problem with the crass, almost gross-out humour and body horror, but it's more justified here than in 'Meaning of Life', surely! "'Ere I am, J.H. ...The ghost in the machine."
It's very interesting indeed, which makes it quite an experience. However, I kept feeling that the parts of this world that were explored were not the ones I'd find most enjoyable to watch. Plus, the story was either engaging and loaded or dysfunctional and flat. It all gives this movie a great potential that never really shines or bothers.
Terry Gilliam imagined a futuristic world that it's not very far from the one we are living now. It's a dystopian film that catch our endangered-ability to act upon a love and also getting consumed by technology (sometimes literally...!) All of these sci-fi fantasies guided by variations of the bossa nova classic song "Brazil" in the background. What more could one ask for to look at ourselves?
A subversão do final feliz funciona de forma sólida - ainda que previsível - numa sociedade tecnocrata que se rege pelo totalitarismo burocrático. Gilliam utiliza a fantasia num registo bem conhecido, o herói moderno que tenta fugir ao mundo industrial e que nessa tentativa tropeça no inevitável, a "perda da realidade" generalizada.
Terry Gilliam's Brazil - maybe one of the movie that would have made Franz Kafka proud in his grave. The theme itself - so Kafkaesque. Brazil is a satire about bureaucracy, politics, and our society. The funny thing is - it is still relevant until now. Gilliam succeed to give a representation about dystopian life in the future. Brazil has stunning cinematography and decoration also has some unique characters in it...
Had the privilege to see actor Jonathan Pryce talk about this film last year in person. It was never intended to be a political film but it seems to resonate in a political way, now, more than ever. Brutally funny, depressing, yet full of hope. If you don't like Brit humor this may not be for you.Otherwise, it's required viewing.