Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
Jabberwocky: the monster so horrible that people caught the plague to avoid it
A medieval tale with Pythonesque humour: After the death of his father the young Dennis Cooper goes to town where he has to pass several adventures. The town and the whole kingdom is threatened by a terrible monster called 'Jabberwocky'. Will Dennis make his fortune? Is anyone brave enough to defeat the monster?
***Dinner with Gilliam - 2nd Course***
It's tragic how apparent the missteps in Terry Gilliam's first solo film are, there are plenty of ingredients to a solid film here, most all of which never manage to escape the shadow of Gilliam's work with Monty Python. Like the beloved Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Jabberwocky takes place in the Dark Ages, as the plot follows a young man named Dennis who is forced to set off on his own in a land besieged by a vicious monster.
From the outset, Jabberwocky does nothing to set itself apart from Holy Grail, the aesthetics joyously depict the filth and squalor of the period, while the humor is mined from the differences in…
Like a Brueghel painting come to life, the joy of Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky (and indeed much of his later work) is spotting the comedic, mundane and scatological occurring on the periphery of the screen, and also in spotting the wealth of familiar British comedy actors he employs to perform such scenes. It's a trick that only one other director seems to have been able to pull off with such charm - Dick Lester.
Gilliam's accurate, shrewd and crude eye is delightfully employed here in the authentic grime encrusted and grubby Medieval landscape. Less accurate is Gilliam's ability to uphold and maintain a strong narrative. That would come later, notably in Brazil - a key turning point in his directorial career…
Now that I have seen Jabberwocky....I have seen every movie that Terry Gilliam has directed. Sadly this is not one of his better movies. This one has Michael Palin plays a barrel maker who ends up taking on a horrible monster that is terrorizing a countryside. The movie has a few funny lines...but they are few and far between. On the plus side of things...Gilliam does a wonderful job of creating a different looking world on a limited budget. Gilliam and Palin probably needed the rest of their Monty Python buddies to make this a movie to remember.
I'm not sure why it has taken me this long to get around to watching Gilliam's solo directorial debut, especially considering he has been my favourite auteur for some time. Perhaps its the current drought of his cinematic work, though I greatly enjoyed his recent turn at the National Opera, that's sent me back to his early career? Or maybe the universe was waiting for me to see Bergman's The Seventh Seal, giving me a taste for the Middle Ages? Is it possible that I've been heeding the warning I'd first heard as a child..?
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
Following his co-venture…
La historia no deja de ser una variante de "El sastrecillo valiente" pero la mugrienta y escatológica Edad Media de Gilliam, su amor por los cuentos tradicionales, algunos momentos cómicos y esa escena inicial que era "Evil Dead" antes de "Evil Dead" me siguen entreteniendo una barbaridad.
A hit-and-miss post-Python affair, directed by Terry Gilliam and featuring former teammates Terry Jones (briefly) and Michael Palin (throughout), alongside a Who's Who of British comedy including Max Wall, Bernard Bresslaw, Harry H Corbett, John Bird, Neil Innes, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Graham Crowden, and others.
Jabberwocky starts off in a promising way, using the Lewis Carroll poem plus gory visuals as the monster claims its first victim. After that it meanders along with the story of Dennis the cooper (a caricature very like Python's Arthur Pewtey) as he goes to the big city in search of fame and fortune. Max Wall is delightfully funny as King Bruno the Questionable, but several of the gags fall flat and are just too silly to be funny.
All this aside, it was a fine idea, done on a shoe-string budget, and has a lot of good amongst the dross. Remembered with affection.
Im a big fan of Terry Gilliam medieval monster fest,from its Evil Dead pov shots of Terry Jones being eaten (probably a warning to Terry that Gilliam is directing this none of that collaboration nonsense) to the dirt and mud and bodily functions that this film doesn't shy from.Warren Mitchell taking a dump out of his window any one? And the extrodinary array of cast members from regular Python faces to the cream of British comedy Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier to truly old school Max Wall,In fact allot of the fun in this film is spotting all the different faces amongst the mud blood and codpieces. I wonder if this must of had some influence over the creators…
That's Denis, Denis Cooper
dag nr 31
Ik heb genoten van deze film, waarbij het duidelijk is dat Terry Gilliam uit Monty Python komt, maar zijn latere werken vind ik toch beter.
A glass half full/half empty kind of movie. Your choice.
Personally, I enjoyed seeing an early Terry Gilliam film, in which he created a medieval underdog tale on a small budget. It's straw into gold to me!
This was... an interesting film.
This medieval farce suffers a lot from akward pacing and editing, but it’s fun to see how the story unfolds. The gags are of varying quality. In the end, the movie is the funniest when it tries to be a live action cartoon. The most interesting thing is how Gilliam here visibly struggled with his identity as one of the Pythons and being himself. It definitely feels like an arthouse version of a Monty Python movie at times.
almost nothing happens during the whole movie, but it's still quite entertaining.
I used to watch this movie a lot as a kid, initially because I loved the poem, but even then I was aware that I wanted to like this movie much more than I actually did.
The problem was, I loved the grimy low fantasy aesthetic and creepy atmosphere but found the humour was more Benny Hill than Pythonesque. It certainly didn't compare to Holy Grail which was probably my favourite film at the time, but then again, what does?
Bearing in mind, this is Gilliam's first stab at directing alone, I can't fault the look of the thing. I do still have a soft spot for it and as far as '70s fantasy films go, it's one of the better ones.
When he made this, Gilliam still had a lot of Python clinging to him; some may find the lingering smell off-putting.
I have to imagine that he has a little consultation with Terry Jones (a historical scholar as well as a funny Welshman), because there's a lot of proper medieval scholarship hiding behind the silliness of this film. It is almost an allegory of the economic and social disruptions of the late Middle Ages brought about by the plague; the rising power of the merchants, a hardening of the guild system, apocalyptic religious fanaticism, the foolish final expressions of romantic chivlary... man, all that and a cool monster? What's not to love.
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