Gilliam's take on Orwell's dystopian future '1984' takes on a comedic but just as relatable teeth grinding frustration on bureaucracy regulations and paperwork stubbornness that everyone laughs at and hates simultaneously, at least for the first 2/3 of the film because the last 1/3 seems to stumble all over the place trying to think on how to end, it's the only part I find unmemorable on this twisted Orwellian vision
that irritating overblown generic uninspiring music (that would definitely cajole and flatter typical Anglo-Saxon viewer) kills all the joy in this one. Want something equally surreal and dystopian but much more ambitious and way-out at the same time? Check out P Szulkin's output right now !!
Wonderful construction, mostly rubbish script. It is almost entirely plotless, and worse, its error being to show that the status quo is virtually harmless and occasionally both fun and appealing. It stinks of Western individualisation at its most inflated - martyrdom for the emboldened knight and without a grain of self-critique that might save it. It's a shame its too inventive to dismiss...
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?