“And now, after more than 25 years in the making and unmaking … a Terry Gilliam film.” – Opening title card for “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”
Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Monty Python, etc.) has been planning and plotting and dreaming and scheming to make his Don Quixote movie since the late 1980s…. This is not a completed version of the Johnny Depp-starring “Don Quixote” movie Gilliam started filming in 2000 that fell apart due to flash floods and other disastrous setbacks….This is an altogether new production, featuring an eclectic and fantastic cast led by Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard and Olga Kurylenko. It is a wild, absurdist, crazy-quilt, soaring flight of bat-bleep fancy….Driver brings a Nicolas Cage-esque zeal to his terrifically loony performance as Toby, whom we meet as he is directing a vodka commercial inspired by a scene from Miguel de Cervantes’ novel “Don Quixote.”… Seeking to rediscover his lost youth and inspiration, Toby returns to the Spanish village where he shot a student film, and reconnects with the shoemaker Javier who starred as Don Quixote in that movie and came to believe he actually WAS Don Quixote and Toby was Sancho Panza… Of course, Gilliam’s quest to make his Don Quixote film mirrors the original novel, and the movie he finally made is like a funhouse mirror version — filled with wonderfully, sometimes disturbingly strange imagery as tragedy meets comedy meets romance meets the noble glory of the artist sacrificing nearly everything in the quest to make lasting art. At last, here is Gilliam’s latest work of cinematic art”—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times. Unrated. 132 Min.