Monty Python's Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) directs this wild, wild version of the stories of Baron Munchausen, pushing the limits of 1989 special effects technology to bring us such sights as a horse divided in half and running around in two parts, and a giant Robin Williams with his head flying off his shoulders. Basically, this is a treat for Gilliam fans, as the sustaining idea of the film runs out of steam, and manic energy alone keeps the momentum going. Casual viewers might find it tedious after awhile. There are nice parts for fellow Python Eric Idle, as well as Sting, Alison Steadman, and Uma Thurman as a dazzlingly beautiful Venus on a half-shell. Gilliam had greater artistic and commercial success with Brazil, The Fisher King, and 12 Monkeys. --Tom Keogh
Why, why, why? Because it's all logic and reason now! Science, progress, chip-chip... Laws of hydraulics, laws of social dynamics, laws of this, that and the other... No place for three legged Cyclops in the South Seas... no place for cucumber trees and oceans of vine... no place for me!
Oh, this is our prototype. RX Intercontinental, radar-seeking, multi-warheaded nuclear missile.
What does it do?
Do? Kills the enemy.
All the enemy?
Aye, all the enemy. All their wives, and all their children, and all their sheep, and all their cattle, and all their cats and dogs. All of them: all of them gone for good.
Ahh. Well, you see, the advantage is you don't have to see one single one of them die. You just sit comfortably thousands of miles away from the battlefield and simply press the button.
Well where's the fun in that?
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