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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…
i feel like some of this was in another language and i should have had subtitles... like, what is a "frumious bandersnatch"? some sort of cheese? i think it's french. and if i had known this would be a "Foreign" film, i would never have watched it!!!!!!!!!!!!! to proove my point i did not rewind the video before i broughtened it back to blockbuster.
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.
It had a few funny moments. Eh.
One day late for the weekly challenge, but who cares?
Typical Monty Python humour with some lenghts. The title monster only appears in the final scene. So don't expect a monster movie here.
Kind of like w/all of Gilliam's early films, the pacing leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, the content among this piece tickled my fancy more often than not; truly incorporating itself as an insane image into the Dark Ages. Humor is Python-esque, if you can abide the term, yet more adaptable within this setting for myself. Perhaps thanks in part to every scene, every moment, every single action is NOT meant to spawn a joke, or stretch out a joke to exhausting lengths. Where I get tired out in The Holy Grail, I don't here. Maximizing absurdity for punchlines, grounded in a fairly honest living depiction of the muck, blood, & grime of this foul existence. Gilliam strikes a chord…
Estreia solo na direção de Terry Gilliam, do grupo Monty Phyton, "Jabberwocky" parte de um poema de Lewis Carroll para mostrar a vida de um camponês, Dennis Cooper (Michael Palin), que não é admirado pelo pai (Paul Curran) e não é correspondido por Griselda Fishfinger (Annette Badland). Ela não lhe dá nenhuma esperança de aceitar uma possível proposta de casamento (apenas arremessa uma batata pela janela) e parece ter o apoio de seu pai (Warren Mitchell). Dennis parte para a cidade, cujo governo está a cargo do Rei Bruno, O Questionável (Max Wall), pai da princesa (Deborah Fallender) e que tem como principal assessor Passelewe (John Le Mesurier). O lugar está ameaçado por um dragão cujo nome é Jabberwocky (Peter…
Well, it's not as famous as other Python works for a reason...
Jabberwocky feels like it was cobbled together from bits that didn't make it into Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Gilliam was probably making up for having to share directorial duties with Jones on that film.
Apparently David Prowse played two 'black knights' in 1977-- one here and one in Star Wars.
Terry stumbles before his trilogy of masterpieces but I love fake squalid middle ages, this one being a much happier one that Hard to be a God.
Madness and filth.
Are two words that accurately describe this film.
The madness comes from the filth and the filth comes back into madness.
The jokes are hilarious, a little to complicated for simple folk sometimes but the sight gags and duo scenes are delightful.
The plot is paper thin, as always to give way to the med evil dirtiness of the setting.
I love Terry really I do, his films just capture the imagination and hold you to ransom with it's sly cunning humor and jibes.
Well worth a laugh
Disappointing solo debut from Terry Gilliam. There are a couple of great pythonesque moments, such as the Knights playing hide and seek, but the rest of the film is a loud, confusing mess.
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…