I don’t think I’m smart enough for Terry Gilliam…

So…I think I liked it. I’m not ready to commit to that statement, though, because I’m still not quite sure I got it and I want to make sure I do before I make my final decision. At the very least it is a very pretty film and it’s nice (though a bit startling and quite a bit sad) to see Heath Ledger one last time.

As it is, the transitions between Heath Ledger and Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Ferrell as his substitutes work very well, but I’m curious as to how much the film was changed to accommodate his loss. It works the way it is because of the rules of the film, but I wonder what Gilliam’s original intentions were.

Also, this served as a good reminder of just how crazy Terry Gilliam’s films often are – I think the only other one I’ve seen was Brazil and that was along time ago, but I remember thinking pretty much the same thing – that really the only thing I was sure of was that I didn’t entirely get it. There are hints of his Monty Python roots, though, in the CGI effects which is kind of a cool throwback (even though I think it’s just that his style is so strong, not that it means anything).

My rating: I think you should see it. And then tell me what it really means!


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