Existential masturbation whose motivation is shrugged off in the opening monologue and thereafter has an 'end of term' feel to all the play of gods, penises, guns and any other phallic objects it can reference. It's very humourless and we've visited this allegorical territory many times. Visually striking, not least of course the image of Connery in a loincloth which veers the interest away from the existential.
Un conte de fée métaphysique qui fait réfléchir le spectateur sur le destin de l'homme et certains de ses rêves. Cette oeuvre difficile de John Boorman d'une étonnante richesse thématique, à la plasticité souvent géniale, nécessite plusieurs visions pour vraiment entrer dans l'étrangeté du sujet... www.cinefiches.com
I love this film Sean Connery is great in it. The way it was shot and styled was really beautiful even though it's very campy and quite unbelievable as far as the whole idea of the film. It doesn't take itself to seriously which I think is why I love it, it gives me something.. I just don't know what but set and production wise I love it.. and I love where it was trying to go.
"The gun is good. The penis is evil." The first part has the very best expectations: really stunning direction! from then on the movie goes straight like a train without binary that grind all the obstacles that stands in front of him (although i found the final slightly diffusive and ramshackle). Cult!
Spectacular, ambitious, eccentric, and many things one can't describe. Zardoz is a hypnotizing film about theatricality, about the fake nature of cinema and stories, even the ones we believe to be real. In the end it boils down to entertainment, about finding something to avoid boredom. Just like Arthur Fryan (Zardoz) does throughout. Of course, being the illusionist can get boring after a while, and then what?
John Boorman's dystopian science fiction satire was roundly condemned by most of the unimaginative reviewers who encountered it upon first release. Somehow they didn't see the humor or the horror in it, or the general likelihood of its premise, which looks more and more likely as our biosphere is further compromised daily and the wealthy concentrate great wealth, power, and knowledge in fewer and fewer hands.