Considering that each of the little people had a counterpart in the Monty Python troupe, this can be considered a Python film. "The nice one, Fidgit, is said to represent Michael Palin; the self-appointed leader, Randall, John Cleese; the acerbic one, Strutter, Eric Idle; the quiet one, Og, Graham Chapman; the noisy rebel, Wally, Terry Jones; and the nasty, filth-loving one, Vermin, Terry Gilliam."
I had never heard of this film before, but the other day I came across it & I immediately fell in love with it! Right away you can tell it's a Terry Gilliam film, he has an imagination like no one else. One of my favorite things about Gilliam is his ability to create such vibrant worlds! Also as a Star Wars fan it was cool to see Kenny Baker. This is an incredibly underrated film that everyone can enjoy!
I always wonder from where Terry Gilliam does get his crazy ideas. Anyway, this film is one of my favorites: Maybe it got a little bit rusty over the time but it's still very entertaining. Mike Moran did a good job in writing a score with stylistic different music for each episode; and I still like George Harrsion's songs.
As far a sense of fantasy goes, Time Bandits is full of it. However, it severely lacks a sense of adventure, and you spend most of your time watching these wonderful images go by without any type of vicarious experience, and the former to me does not make a good fantasy adventure film. This is probably largely due to Gilliam's large quantity of wide angles.
The definition of imagination let run wild. Gilliams' first non python feature is a piece of inspired lunacy that often gets away from itself. Unlike Brazil or Munchausen it is not a film that has grown better with age but feels more and more like an unrealized vision. Sure there's some inspired moments especially those with David Warner and Ralph Richardson but really just is a foreshadowing of things to come.