This fairy tale is an eulogy for imagination, overtly impossible like Munchausen’s original stories. In Munchausen’s world logic, reason and progress stand for war, fantasy and imagination for peace. He’s an old man feeling sorry to see his world being lost; a near universal feeling caused by aging in modern society. Considering current events, this yearning for imaginative past isn’t necessarily only a good thing...
I'm not really in favor of how the 'Turks' is depicted, but still, this movie was insane, it's crackers—sometimes too much of crackers it drags—and I'm amazed how this still could be made. Sarah Polley was amazing, probably one of my favorite late 80s child actor (although I'm sorry for her traumatic experience in this).
An extravagant folly, a mad misadventure, a grand flight of fancy, a silly, overwhelming trifle, a quintessential fantasy frenzy. Wistful, regretful childhood whimsy revisited with an adult's perverse, jaundiced eye. Gilliam risks commercial/artistic failure with every film. Words cannot do justice to Gilliam's vigorous, manic, inspired, boundless images. Gilliam strains at mediocre minds, polite taste and restraint.
I loved this film utterly. This is the type of film that is easy to overlook initially (I know I did) but is too well constructed to forget. This film is gorgeously made and the pastel art of Gilliam finds the perfect fantastical narrative to showcase Gilliam's skills. Eric Idle adds a wonderfully monty python bent to the film. Utterly great.
I love this story so much but I was raised on another version (Russian one) of it which, in my view, goes right into the essence of the story about Munchausen. Terry Gilliam's take on it is absolutely marvellous cinematically but, although, still clever it lacks some of the Munchausen's wisdom, to me, it, maybe, gets a bit lost in those absolutely fantastic (not as a synonym of awesome but literally fantastic) sets.
Tedious self-indulgent bombastic crap. TG should never be given such a big budget! RW is dreadfully annoying and unfunny, Eric Idle is equally poor and plays out his Monty Python personas ad nauseum. As for Oliver Reed...read an unfunny Brian Blessed. This is not amusing, lacks drama and the characters are not at all endearing. At times visually tacky. For comic book schlock watch Flash Gordon; at least it's sincere!
Some beautiful costume and curiosities, but overall this fell a bit flat for me. Maybe it was the irritating character of the girl, or maybe because I remember the book being serious business - the movie seemed a bit infantile in comparison. Not quite as bad as the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (which was all beautiful costume and curiosities and little else), but I wouldn't watch this again. It drags out. Shame.
Like all Gilliam, it is wildly inventive and absolutely insane, and like some Gilliam, it is unbalanced and unrelenting. It can’t be said that it isn’t a fun and adventurous tale full of merriment, but it does start to drain you after an hour of non-stop lunacy. That being said the artistic vision is clear and the presentation is breathtaking, with excellent design and style. Not great Gilliam, but pretty good.