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by Rob Gonsalves

"Worth it for Gilliam fans; others should step cautiously."
4 stars

Terry Gilliamís first solo flight as a director (heíd previously co-directed 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail') takes its title critter from Lewis Carroll but is closer in spirit to Chaucer.

Thatís the good news for literate viewers; the bad news is that those who appreciate the filmís Chaucerian qualities (its relentless ribaldry, cloacal jokes, etc.) will also know that Chaucer was funnier. Still, Gilliam wins major points for so thoroughly debunking the Dark Ages as rewritten by ignorant moviemakers, turning every conceivable medieval clichť on its head.

Michael Palin, perhaps the most soulful and versatile Python performer, does fine work as Dennis, a hapless cooperís son who finds himself defending a run-down kingdom against the fearsome Jabberwocky. The movie is of some interest to fans of Brazil ó itís an early example of Gilliam sharpening his claws on bureaucracy ó and the sets by Millie Burns are authentically grungy.

Uneven (what Gilliam film isnít?) but worth seeing (what Gilliam film isnít?).

Score by De Wolfe; highly erratic cinematography by Terry Bedford. With cameos by Terry Jones, Gilliam (as a nutcase who insists that his rocks are diamonds), Neil Innes, and David Prowse as a knight in the jousting tournament.

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10/08/17 George Lake Brilliant. 5 stars
11/07/10 Farren McDonald Love the acting and the character of King Bruno the Questionable. Historically accurate. 5 stars
5/15/04 Lord Durvok 2 A rare gem - VERY underrated. See it if you're a Gilliam/Palin fan. 5 stars
4/24/04 ranger4e not very funny or good 2 stars
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