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.