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« on: March 27, 2007, 03:31:58 PM »

Has anyone seen this film? I loved it Grin The only Gilliam film I saw before this was The Brothers Grimm which I HATED HATED HATED in a way I can't even express, but this film was so damn great. It's like Blue Velvet/Wild at Heart x10.

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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2007, 04:30:06 PM »

Almost every critic in the country hated it, and ripped it to no end. I personally think they're crazy. It's a great film about drug use and brings you right in the world these people are in. I personally am against drug use, but I know some people who have had problems with them and it's great to have a movie that's about that type of addiction. The direction was brilliant by Terry Gilliam, and how can you know forget Johnny Depp and Beninico Del Toro. They were outstanding. I loved the film.

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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2007, 09:48:51 PM »

A mixed bag.


Some scenes are stellar and other scenes have you pondering whether you should eject the dvd out or not.
I think this is due to the over-repetition of the events.
Not sure how a "chapter menu" would be useful to the dvd viewer since all of the scenes look virtually the same.

Depp's manic performance as Raoul Duke (Hunter's alter ego) is fun to watch. Del Toro's turn as Dr. Gonzo is less so, but that is what was required.

Depp's character occasionally reminisces about the "golden years" during the counter culture days of the 60's. Since these nostalgic trips down memory lane are selfishly never fully detailed, younger viewers may find themselves scratching their heads since they won't know most of the folks or events Depp is talking about.

By far my favorite scene is the opening 3 minutes which are kicked off with a blood splattered screen and an eerie version of "my favorite things" from "The sound of music" is played in the background.
The film noirish narration during the first opening minutes is full of wit and good dead pan delivery by Depp.
In fact, most of the laughs come from this narration.


Also, great soundtrack!

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2011, 05:23:12 AM »

This is the sort of movie you can watch again and again without ever getting bored. First of all, the performances are great, and the 'episodes' (called the movie, in this case) are very witty and entertaining from start to finish, the direction is frenetic but good, even more so cause you can feel how much fun was Terry Gilliam having. I can't say I'm a big fan of his work, I'm very much indifferent to be honest, but here he hit the nail on the head, he was home. The soundtrack kicks some serious ass, and fuels the scenes with a bizarre touch (as if the scenes weren't bizarre enough themselves). In the end, what's best about this movie, is that there is no story to follow. No story whatsoever. You encounter bits of it throughout the movie, yes, but they don't cohere together even on some wildly imaginative level. You can get up anytime you want without loosing track, then sit back and continue having fun.

(somewhere around) 7.5/10

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