Remarkable. Unbelievable. Impossible. And true.
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.
Paroni Münchausenin seikkailut, Baron von Munchausens äventyrer, Les Aventures du baron de Münchhausen
A chaotic, good ol' fashioned fantastical adventure film that is way too horny and existential to be categorized as a children's film but way too cartoonish and tactile to feel like anything but! Shades of The Fall and Hook and Big Fish on acid. Loved it. Sure it doesn't make a whole lotta sense at parts, but I could watch this on mute and probably enjoy it just as much. Eric Idle is having the time of his damn life here. Couldn't possibly unpack the politics of the Europe vs. Ottoman war that acts as the background of the film– so I will not! The design and practical nature of this movie is just awe-inspiring. Makes me want to drink a cold glass of lemonade on the porch and complain about how they don't make movies like they used to.
Terry Gilliam is a guy riding a giant penny farthing bicycle with a top hat with a cat on it looking at you with a look like “but which of us is really the freak?”
Terry Gilliam is a guy with epic facial hair who gets really into burlesque.
Terry Gilliam is a high school boy in the theater department with really long hair who won’t cut his hair for the period piece so he just puts it up in a tight ponytail.
Terry Gilliam is a guy who knows a few non-acrobatic circus tricks and has a pet iguana named Withnail
Terry Gilliam is the guy in your sophomore year English class who calls Hunter S. Thompson “the good doctor”
I honestly don't understand why this film was received so poorly when it was released.
Baron Munchausen is one of my favourite literary characters. He lives with an 'everything is possible' attitude and his adventures are thus accordingly bizarre.
There is in my mind no director better suited to catch the weirdness and zaniness of these adventures than Mr. Gilliam. This he proved from the get go by casting Neville as the Baron. He gives life to the character beautifully with superb enthusiasm and infectious gusto.
This is a Gilliam film so the visuals are naturally astounding. Gilliam's film is completely bonkers, it lacks coherence and jumps from one adventure to the next in a caleidoscope of cartoonish action and…
"Go away, I'm trying to die!"
I couldn't get into Baron Munchausen at first - the opening act was a little shambolic for my taste - but once the adventure had properly started I began to enjoy myself quite a bit. That sequence on the moon in particular... wowza. This was famously Gilliam's most expensive production until The Brothers Grimm, and it shows. No wonder the art direction, costume design, visual effects, and makeup were all Oscar-nominated.
So if you liked Time Bandits, I see no reason why you wouldn't like The Adventures of Baron Munchausen as well. They're both great romps through time and space, filled to the brim with wondrous creativity and infectious effervescence.
After previously disliking most of Terry Gilliam's films, and most recently The Meaning of Life, it's nice to say that I found a film of his I thoroughly enjoyed. The film tells the wacky adventures of an 18th century aristocrat named Baron Von Munchausen, played by John Neville. In order to save his town from a Turkish invasion. Baron teams up with a girl named Sally (Sarah Polley), together they manage to escape the town via a homemade hot air balloon. They then proceed to recruit the Baron's former comrades, to do so they have travel to the moon, escape a grim reaper, and dodge getting eaten by a sea creature in the process, amongst other side quests.
One of the most bizarre flops ever made, Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen has grinding beginnings before it gets onto its series of 18th century tall tales during the Age of Reason, where man was mostly unreasonable and war begat the Europeans against the Turks.
The tales are largely noisy and the dialogue conductively matter-of-fact — Gilliam subtracts personal depths out of his characters because he must think it slows down the humor. He finds humor in the clashing, the frantic jaunting, the impromptu bawling, the human propelling. Nevertheless, I love it when the perm and curlicue-mustached Baron (John Neville) is hanging onto a cannonball in flight during a battle against the Ottoman army. Later, an unbilled Robin…
Have you ever seen a movie whose targeted and rated to a whole audience than what the movie actually targets to?
Terry Gilliam is no stranger to overstuffed, wildly creative, often surrea; production designs and loud characters that behave so over-the-top; but as I my eyes witnessed this film, I couldn't just stop thinking (and getting somewhat confused) on this movie and how and whether this was intended to be a Gilliam's kids or family friendly movie, just to have all the nudes and adults straightforward references making me question everything. In a way, the whole mess of the theater play at the opening serves as the perfect example of the tone we will see throughout the flick. There's potential,…
Your reality, sir, is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever.
Some film's have eccentric characters but here we have an entire film that has an eccentric personality. I think I unanimously see everything Terry Gilliam has directed from the 70s through to the 90s as gold, so I don't know why The Adventures of Baron Munchausen being right smack dab in the middle of that has avoided me for this long.
It's ridiculous, crazy, visionary, nonsensical but most of all is pure Terry Gilliam. The tale tales of one Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Baron von Münchhausen is perfect fertile ground for Gilliam's unique mind. The only thing that might…
Gegen mein, mir selbst auferlegten Versprechen, Terry Gillliam und seine Filme einmal für längere Zeit anderen zu überlassen, wagte ich mich, dank des Trailers, heute an dieses Werk. Wie sich zeigen sollte, war dies eine gute Wahl trotz einem kleinen Wermutstropfen des fehlenden O-Tons.
Seine Werke bleiben mir leider oft zu drüber, warum es hier gerade – auf den Robin Williams Part hätte ich verzichten können – passte, liegt wohl an der Geschichte selber. Baron Münchhausen ist ein Lügenbaron, weshalb sollte Gilliam das komprimieren und die sich auftuenden Möglichkeiten sich und uns Zuschauern vorenthalten.
Und wahrlich, er bauscht diese Lügengeschichten, diese hanebüchenen Erlebnisse und diese Fantastereien auf neue Sphären. Nach einigen Filmen kann ich getrost sagen: hier lebte er seine…
Quite often when a film production is beset with behind the scenes difficulties, said problems end up finding their way on screen via a shoddy end product. Not so with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, yet another absolute curio from the strange and slightly brilliant mind of Terry Gilliam, which ended up taking longer to film than planned, was some say around $20 million over budget by close of play, and due to studio comings, goings & internal politics the movie had a hugely limited release that caused it to bomb wildly at the box office. As a result, Gilliam's film ended up becoming something of a cult piece of work, and quite rightly so - it's about as bizarre a…
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
If you've ever watched a film where perhaps the story isn't necessarily anything worth following, but you're still engaged enough, this is the film for you. This is one of the wackiest, zaniest films I've seen in a while. The production design is next fucking level, and a smile was never not on my face. Robin Williams flying head was a nice surprise. I'm elated to report this is an incredibly fun, albeit challenging film to wrap your head around, but the design of the film is worth every minute.
Only Terry Gilliam...
I was a child when The Adventures of Baron Munchausen came out and I recall being very excited about watching it. When I finally got round to it, I must admit its baroque bloatedness did alienate me a little in places, but I was still somewhat besotted by it.
Twenty Six years on and watching it with adult eyes rather than that of a child, I still feel more or less the same. I'm not alienated as such, but the faults and errors are readily apparent within the otherwise boldly beautiful structure. As with a lot of Gilliam's work it's nearly but not quite, hampered almost inevitably by bad luck and mismanagement from the studios. If ever…
I know terry gilliam hasn’t gone anywhere but I want him back
If anyone were to benefit from the Terry Gilliam treatment, then it would surely be the erratic and imaginative world of Baron Munchausen. Dawning in its first moments in The Age of Reason, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen settles itself immediately into the craftsmanship of the Karel Zeman classic, while also reimagining the world of the titular protagonist and his merry band of misfits. But as the real Munchausen staggers up the stage to spin his story, he fends off the Angel of Death and others who wish to see him dead. It is a story that, if told straight, dreams of darker themes and deadly occasions with detail usually reserved for the harshest and hardest of stories. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen layers that…
Can’t wait to have kids so I can force them to watch insane stuff like this
There's nothing quite like a Terry Gilliam film. A good one at least. This is definitely one of the good ones. Who knew the Well Manicured Man from The X-Files was a baron?
The thing about using practical special effects instead of CGI is it still looks great 30-plus years later and is just as charming.
I actually think that while I came to some sketch comedy and sketch comedians in pretty linear fashion (SCTV because it contained folks I already knew like John Candy; things with Mark, Dave, Kevin, Bruce, or Scott because I knew Kids in the Hall so well), Python’s always been at least a touch weird. I didn’t so much watch Holy Grail a million times (as seems to be the trend with most people my age in the U.S.) as pick up bits and pieces all over the place, and notice Eric Idle and John Cleese appearing in things like, well…Terry Gilliam movies. I’ve been watching this one in some respect for years and years now, enough that I recall the…
I can't tell if this is the most kid friendly non-kids movie or the least kid friendly kids movie
the last time i saw this was when i was 7, so it’s nice to rewatch it again. the movie is different than i remember but i think that’s because i used to relate to sally and now i can’t. even without the nostalgic element, i would have enjoyed this for its bizarre plot, brilliant visuals, and pointedly funny dialogue. a great movie to watch when you’re not feeling up to engaging with something more serious.
This is basically live action One Piece (even fans theorize Oda was inspired partly by this film with some similarities), and I loved it!
The film has bizarre adventures, absolutely hilarious gags, and set pieces from Terry Gilliam that managed to impress me again. Not to insult the accuracy and other otherworldly powers of CGI, but something about films that embrace theatrical sets will never fail to delight me!
The story is as rocky as a ship and a few comedic lines didn't land on its feet, but wow, you can really see the film brim with passion and creativity.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In einer von Logik und Wissenschaft beherrschten Welt scheint für Träumereien und Fantasie kein Platz. Dabei ist es grade die fantastische Leidenschaft, die uns nicht nur der Realität entfliehen lässt, sondern auch die Verhandlung mit eben jener ermöglicht. In einem wundervollen Meisterwerk Terry Gilliams rettet der charmante Baron Münchhausen (John Neville) die Menschen einer europäischen Stadt ohne Namen mit einer leidenschaftlichen Aufführung seiner Heldentaten über eine furchtbare Belagerung. Der (von Jonathan Pryce) personifizierte Staat des Rationalismus interpretiert das als mangelnden Ernst, der das Ansehen schädigt und obendrein trachtet der Tod dem Baron bei jeder Gelegenheit nach der Seele. Und so lehren uns Herr Gilliam und der ehrenwerte Baron in einer zweistündigen so unglaublich liebevoll und anspruchsvoll visualisierten ( - schon…
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