The Adventures of Baron Munchausen


Action / Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 44785


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Robin Williams as King of the Moon
Uma Thurman as Venus / Rose
Terry Gilliam as Irritating Singer Inside Fish
Oliver Reed as Vulcan
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Reviewed by jllewell 10 / 10

I never thought this was weird...

I loved this film so much - Dawn Steel (CEO at Columbia) was busy trying to bury it - in a deadly cocktail of politics and an imminent sale of Columbia.

Gilliam got trashed for going over budget, when the project had initially begun for the amount he spent.

Hollywood is a jackass, as is proved by so many of these projects. This film has lasted for years because it's brilliant - anything intelligent is seen as not commercially viable at Hollywood, though they're slightly better than they used to be. Small minds in charge of great ones. History repeats itself.

Hollywood chase the dollar, but end up losing more money than they think they've gained. Try to dumb it down for the lowest common denominator, and lose money spending audiences. History repeats itself.

This film is excellent. It invaded my life, like Time Bandits and Brazil (Go Terry!). I have a teddy bear who I sent to my then fiancé, on the other side of the world, and he brought the teddy back with him. My husband and I call that teddy 'Berthold'. And we always make jokes about 'Beautiful Ladies!' when we see twiglet starlets.

I don't know why anyone would say this film was weird - have you had no flights of fancy? No imagination at all? It's a great little fairy tale, in every sense; truth, lies, and everything in between. Remember your philosophy! What is real? Does it matter? I have often wished to separate my head from my body - I enjoyed that sequence, sooo much.

Beautifully made, wonderfully madcap - I adored everything about it. So did my family. But then, we're all liars...

Reviewed by ElMaruecan82 7 / 10

A Munchausen named Gilliam...

Terry Gilliam is a name I discovered primarily as a Monty Python member, which means in my teen years, it's only in my twenties that I discovered the director and in my current thirties his most famous movies, and it's always a case of half-full half-empty glass. I admire the artist, he strikes me as a real Steven Spielberg without the usual schmaltz and technical gift for sentimental manipulation but on the other hand, one ought to be a little Spielberg sometimes. I love the artist but I hate when his own artistry steals the thunder of the stories they're supposed to serve.

Gilliam is the kind of polarizing directors (actually, he is THE polarizing director) whom you don't know whether he's a misunderstood genius or a man who can't handle his talent and feels the need to kill it with special effects and overdose of extravaganza, you don't know if the effects serve the story or the opposite. I never really enjoyed his films except in the few moments where the story overcame the effects and let his writing and storytelling talent blossom. This is why I respect "Brazil" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" but I love "The Fisher King"… now where does that put me regarding Terry Gilliam's take on the adventures of the iconic baron?

Well, this time, I have a little bias because despite the fact that it would take me twenty more years to completely know about Gilliam, I discovered "Munchausen" as a child, I can even tell you when: Tuesday January 7, 1992. I was nine, it was with my Dad and we had a lot of fun. So should I review the film or the childhood memory? I think I'll let my inner child talk for once (he might be more magnanimous than the adult). Indeed, there's something so appealing to childhood in the Baron's adventures, something that goes beyond the power of imagination, like only Disney and Spielberg could have pulled but this time, it is Gilliam, and I've got to hand it to him, his inner child inspired a great and visually stunning movie with unforgettable characters.

He didn't spoil it with any raunchy or crude material (although I could spot some adult subtleties sneaking here and there), he didn't overdo the violence, it was always handled in a close-to- comedic tone, it is in fact made as something to primarily appeal to kids. My only complaint is that the film drags a bit too long, a little more trimming and a little more clarity could have saved it but given how passionate Gilliam was in this adaptation, I knew he couldn't kill any bit of his darling. I believe most of his movies suffer from their lack of a proper editing, "Munchausen", almost gets away with it. And no matter how long it felt, while my Dad went to sleep, I finished the film till the end.

Now, I can't recollect which part stuck to my memory, if I had three in minds, it would be the sultan harem sequence with the torture's apprentice piano and the post-decapitation wink from the squire, also Berthold (Eric Idle), the hilarious servant trying to outrun a bullet. This sequence is comparable the funniest Looney Tunes and Tex Avery cartoons. Not only does he run faster than the bullet but he manages to deviate it at a nick of time, this is just something about the film, the way it combines characters with different gifts, the fastest man in the world, a dwarf with extraordinary blowing capabilities, a man of Herculean strength, Munchausen is as close to a cartoon as a film can get, and this is a real gem of fantasy film, in the same year than "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".

The casting of John Neville is top notch, as he's the perfect straight man and accentuates the comical effect by constantly staying true to his heroic and stoic nature, I also had a crush on Sally who looked exactly like a girl in my class, of course, 25 years later, I couldn't believe how breathtakingly beautifully, Uma Thurman was. Now, where was I? Oh, I forgot the third point. Yeah, I didn't get the ending, I didn't understand how come he was supposed to die in the very film he story he was relating. But it didn't prevent me to enjoy the film, it was fun, crazy and discovering Gilliam made it reconciled me a bit with the director.

I had a great time watching the second disc on the DVD and I can see what's eating this guy, he's just such a predisposition for creativity that his energy knows no bound, sometimes, the movie suffer from it, but maybe in this case, Gilliam's way of extravagant did justice to a tale that is supposed to be a hymn to imagination, even with that resignation about lying. Who cares about facts anyway when the truth is elevated with that little spark from Munchausen. Gilliam even said that the film ended up as a box-office failure, which was like the perfect conclusion to a movie made under such hellish circumstances and those who saw the bonus know, it's the kind of projects that ruined friendships indeed. But here we are, almost thirty years later, the film is still here and it's a classic, Gilliam made his baby and it will survive him, no doubt.

So, maybe it was all worth the pain after all, like one would say, sometimes Cinema should show the agony of making the film. "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" is the result of painstaking efforts, elevating Gilliam to a level of bravery similar to the one that pumps the Baron's heart, and this is the stuff great adventure movies are made of. Gilliam embrace the feel of his movies and vice versa.

Reviewed by WakenPayne 8 / 10

Almost the perfect weird film

This is an odd movie. It's clear right from the start that this is not a logical story and almost never for a second tries to tell you otherwise. With that said, while this might put people off... I quite enjoyed it. A theater is acting out the adventures of a Baron that... To say they're exaggerated looks to be an understatement and the real Baron walks in to correct it by making the stories even weirder. However Turks invade the town and he, along with the help of the theater manager's daughter try to get his old team back (each with unexplained super speed, strength and marksmanship) and defeat them, mainly because the baron had all his treasure after a bet. The Set design, the special effects... Wow! They really stand out as being pretty good. I have seen Sarah Polley in a few things and in here she's actually quite good. The entire cast is as well (with the kookiest performance being Robin Williams who's different levels of crazy depending on whether his head's attached). As an illogical story, this did suck me in quite a lot. If I was to name a complaint it would be around the end where they cut back to the theater, literally from that point on I was taken out of the story and never quite got back to it. The best way I can describe this is if you like stories like Alice In Wonderland or The Wizard Of Oz (I'll say specifically the book, considering it's weirder than the movie but I'll say the movie may apply as well) then this is that kind of a story.

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