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Plot: Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his… Runtime: 132 min Release Date: 19 May 2018
perfe\cly done intersection of reality and delusion (by shamborovsky)
In the history of the world literature there not a lot of works that can be regarded as magnus opus of an author. I mean now just life lasting huge in volume piece of writing, but a book, you touch once and "life will never be the same". Plato, Aristotle, Marcel Proust are coming to my mind. Don Quixote stands separately. It if undoubtedly magnus opus pf the whole Spain and Spanish literature. Don Quixote was heavily interpreted by philosophers, artists, novelists etc - Ortega, Unamuno - the most impressive among them.You have to be prepared to encounter Don Quixote in you life <more>
either via original book or mediation or movie. Be careful - Don Quixote undoubtedly will leave trace in your soul. Really great movie where director has attempted to reveal to the screen this complex, multi layer correlation between Don Quixote and the world, between reality and allusions, between you and me, between humdrum reality & a dream that can come true.I like movies, where you feel like in a boat on a river riding towards unforgettable experience. In case of Terry Gilliam's film you not just float, from time to time you lose the sense of reality, you become absolutely engaged in the events happening in the movie without being confident where are you and what the f..k in happening : Great work, liked it very much!
Entertaining AF + Oscar Material (by dave-is-where)
Not a movie for everyone; if you have read Don Quixote or seen the Man of La Mancha, you will get this movie. I have, and I was thoroughly captivated for the whole movie. I can see why it got a 15 minute standing ovation when it first screened. If you read the trivia here, you will see that this movie has been trying to be made for 17 years!Jonathan Pryce excelled. He deserves an Oscar, flat out. Adam Driver was good too, but I am sure the directing had a lot to do with both of their performances, and an Oscar should go to the director, too.If you have a good imagination and appreciate good <more>
storytelling and good acting, you are sure to like this movie too!
Absolutely brilliant: story, sets, actors - flawless each one of them. Thank you for this gem! "When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams - this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness - and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!" Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote
Once again a wonderful film gets thrashed due to, ironically, imaginary reasons (by scaradu)
I don't know what people were expecting from this movie and I really don't get the low scores. This movie was fun, adventurous, well acted and above all else very different and unique, with a brilliant twist on the Don Quixote story. This film did not come out of Hollywood's movie spewing machine so I would guess audiences nowadays are too dumb to comprehend a good work of art. A metaphor. An analogy. An intricate story that blends fantasy and real, history and present, fact and fiction.This film was wonderful and I smiled all throughout. It is similar to films such as Holy Motors <more>
2012 , The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 , Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance 2014 so if these ring a bell please give this film a chance. You will thank me later.I rated it a 9 because so many people rated it so low and, honestly, it's at least a 7. Considering the fact I smiled all throughout the film I give it a 9 but objectively it as an 8.
Why Don Quixote? Why today? Gilliam answers brilliantly. Because cheap factory-churned romance still exists, and it deserves equal parts love and parodic rebuke. Because the Inquisition still exists. It's called ICE in America, or the Spanish national police evicting undocumented migrants from their already precarious homes. Because the duke in his castle still exists. He is a Russian magnate that has bought up entire hamlets in southern Spain; he is Putin and Weinstein and Trump rolled into one. Because there are many young women in the "me too" world world for whom the justice <more>
these dukes have to offer means exactly nothing.More than a personal obsession, beyond the self-deprecating and amusing meta-fiction and self-referentiality, this is a movie, much like the notoriously difficult to film source material, about the value of anachronism. About the value of allegedly bygone ideals and ethical principles in a world that too often seems to say to want to be 'over' them. A "post"-modern reflection on the contested value of prefixes. Is Don Quioxote really so old and out of place in our 21st century, as he already was for the 17th century, that we should want to throw him out like last year's iPhone?The fact that there are still inquisitions and galley slavers alive and well today may make us think twice. That the very idea of "justice for the downtrodden" should be called anachronistic by so many may make us think twice.The making of the film itself became something of a quixotic enterprise, and that itself seems poetic. In perfect resonance with the source material, which much like Gilliam's film, also happened to be made at a time of incredible violence and censorship toward the most vulnerable among us.The film can seem opaque at times to those who have not followed Gilliam's exploits or read Cervantes' classic. But being an unapologetic fan of the second, I can confidently say this is an act of careful reading and imaginative reinterpretation for our precarious present: the only kind of reading that matters in the end. Rest easy, Mr. Gilliam. You did good.
If you know the story of Don Quixote, the Man from LaMancha you will find this film to be very clever in its layering of the original tale intertwined with a new tale that is infused about a narcissistic director Adam Driver who has lost his creative mojo whilst filming a feature film about Don Quixote in Spain. True to its original intent, it is a hybrid of reality and fantasy with the cruelties of the world as a backdrop to what could be with a touch of madness. It has much to say about youthful and brave creativity, and the artistic freedom that comes from true independence and the <more>
necessity of reframing your reality to match your circumstance. Love, passion, friendship, empathy, and generosity of spirit are explored in a modern version of the Spanish Inquisition. The jailhouse sequences are sublime in their mash up of real and unreal. It is a clever, witty and multilayered script with much for the literate fan to digest and plenty for newcomers to the tale to learn. Jonathan Price is perfect as Don Quixote and Adam Driver manages to deliver skepticism, narcissism and empathy along an increasingly complex tightrope with ease. The script is a marvel and the directing and edit are to be applauded. I don't know what the film offers people unfamiliar with the original story- but as I've been waiting for many years to see this film I can say it does not disappoint, I'll be thinking about it for a long, long time. Well done Terry Gillem
Again, Gilliam Takes Us on a Thought-Provoking Wild Ride (by Skinshark)
Maybe it helps to be familiar with Terry Gilliam's canon of work. But as a whole The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a multi-layered story of the Ages of Man. The Dreamer and the Raconteur living in parallel lives.What's fascinating is how the meanings of each of the characters and their story arcs fold into each other from the director, Terry Gilliam's own life to Adam Driver, playing a Gilliam figure all the way to Jonathan Pryce's man who's seemingly lost his mind. Part of me wonders how much of this is a farcical documentary or auto-biography.Still as heady as it can be <more>
it still entertains. The acting is great, the characters are fully realized and the settings, cinematography and production design are signature styles of Gilliam: hand-crafted to bend to the will of his vision...as mad as it may be.This is not a run-of-the-mill linear movie. It's not a popcorn flick. There's a lot to interpret and involve the audience so, don't expect instant gratification. To a lot of reviewers it seems they were overwhelmed by an unclear story. Which that may be true for those who don't want to be involved in the story. It asks a bit of self-reflection, it asks a bit of trust that the characters, working on several levels of psychosis, dreams, hallucinations and madness will all come to a natural conclusion in their story arcs and bring the global story of the film into one single point of focus:We all had dreams once and we got lost. We may remember those dreams in our middle-age and yet in our old age we may become consumed by the dream to point of dreaming of our own existence.If you like BRAZIL or THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS you will like this film.
Representative of Gilliam's filmography (by t-viktor212)
Gilliam's passion project sums up much of his filmography: it conveys almost all of the director's rs recurring tropes, themes and elements. It isn't an easy-to-enjoy film mostly due to Gilliam's style , nonetheless an interesting film to watch, if not for else, because of its cursed fame.Don Quixote is mainly about human madness, a theme Gilliam also explored in 'The Fisher King' and in 'Twelve Monkeys', two films from the time when the director started developing this movie. As for visuals, style, and the overwhelming sense of chaos that the third act <more>
conveys, it reminds of 'The Brothers Grimm' and more in particular of 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus', coincidentally two films that also had, on lower scale, a troubled production . 'The Zero Theorem' and 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' are the only Gilliam films I found to be devoid of any direct connection with Don Quixote.Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce pull off memorable performances. I was pretty sure about Pryce succeeding, but didn't expect Driver to be this good, especially towards the end. Frankly, I think this film was a bit underrated. It's true that Gilliam's post-'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' generally had little critical acclaim, but I personally couldn't find anything to complain about, or better, I couldn't find anything arguable that isn't a recurring element in Gilliam's cinema: a chaotic third act, a bittersweet ending, and so on. I enjoyed watching Don Quixote, but I can imagine most of the viewers to find it either uninteresting, dull, chaotic or 'pretentious'.Don Quixote might be Gilliam's last film. With 'The Zero Theorem' he closed his dystopia Sci-fi trilogy, now he has finally finished the film he probably was most eager to complete, so it seems to me that there are no narratives left that he intends to explore. Let's just hope that I am wrong, and Gilliam will be doing another half-dozen of movies, but otherwise, Don Quixote is the perfect conclusive film for his career. Maybe it's not his best or easier to appreciate, but definitely it is his most representative one.
It's interesting to say the least. At first it might seem to be heading in a quite weird direction and be somewhat crazy, but then you'll understand it is going in a great direction and it's totally crazy! Maintains the themes of magic, illusionment and disillusionment very well and has that great sense of humor only Gilliam seems to manage. Jonathan Pryce is amazing as the Don! Wonderful movie!