Watched Jun 06, 2012
I'm a pretty big fan of Gilliam. Time Bandits was a firm childhood favourite, despite being utterly terrifying. Brazil is a modern masterpiece of course, but Twelve Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas really got me, the visual design knowing no real contemporaries.
I don't know why it's taken me this long to watch The Fisher King, perhaps because I had heard it's one of his least fantastical films. While we get glimpses of the imaginarium of Gilliam, it's set firmly in the real world. However, the fantasy is not needed here, as we have laughs galore, along with some tears for good measure.
Gilliam's most human film, and one that even got a bitter, cynical, jaded old fuck like myself believing in fate, true love, and redemption.
Only Tideland left for me out of his full length directorial jobs now, however, can't see it being up to this standard given his recent efforts.