Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
The SWITCH team has fought tooth and nail to take down the top action films streaming right now!x
review, The Man who Killed Don Quixote, The, Man, who, Killed, Don, Quixote, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Jordi Mollà, Joana Ribeiro, Óscar Jaenada, Olga Kurylenko, Rossy De Palma, Sergi López, Paloma Bloyd, Terry Gilliam film rating

THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE

★★

ART IMITATES LIFE

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Chris dos Santos
17th March 2019

After 29 years in production hell, Terry Gilliam’s (‘The Brothers Grimm’, ‘Brazil’) ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ is finally here... and that’s about the most interesting thing to say about it. Tony Grisoni (Adam Driver, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, ‘BlacKkKlansman’) is an advertising executive struggling with the production of a new commercial that happens to be filming in the same place he filmed his award-winning student film ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’. Throughout these struggles, Grisoni is lead on a journey through rural Spain where he meets the actor who played Quixote (Jonathan Pryce, ‘The Wife’, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’) in the original film - only now he fully believes he is the man himself and mistakes Tony for Quixote’s squire. The rest of the supporting cast is rounded out by Stellan Skarsgård (‘Thor’, ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’) and Olga Kurylenko (‘Quantum of Solace’, ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’).

'THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE' TRAILER

First off, the positives - Adam Driver is incredible, and while I have seen him do comedy before he was so alive in this, his energy was so high and made a dull film very enjoyable. He is very emotive and I was really enjoying his performance, would love to see it used in a better film. Outside of Driver, the cinematography is really good, once again done by frequent Gilliam collaborator Nicola Pecorini (‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’, ‘The Zero Theorem’). Rural Spain looks beautiful, and there is a lot of creative uses of wide shots throughout the film.

Now everything else. It’s not that this is bad film, it’s just extremely forgettable and uncaptivating, and the two-plus hour run time does not help this. Everything just needed to move faster, be a little weirder, and a little tighter. As it is, the film is just an empty shell. There is a moment where Quixote sees pieces of hanging meat with eyes on it - a weird image, yet nothing else in the film is quite that weird, and it adds nothing to the film; it just gives the audience a confused look of their faces. The film plays with space and time, so we are never really sure if Tony Grisoni is reliving a memory, has time-travelled back to Quixote’s time, or is dreaming. While on paper that sounds fun and interesting, the film isn’t really sure what to do with that, and you never feel the need to piece it all together. It’s a less thought-out ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’.

After 29 years in production hell, Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ is finally here... and that’s about the most interesting thing to say about it.

You can tell Gilliam is going for a whole "life imitates art" kind of message about how directors get wrapped up in the work and all that metatextuality. But it never really fulfils that message; it’s very surface level. For me, Terry Gilliam has never wowed me. He always gets a great cast and some fascinating ideas, but unfortunately ‘The Man who Killed Don Quixote’ is another one of his films that is half-baked.

The most interesting thing about the film is the history surrounding it. Starting production in 1989, it's one of the most infamous examples of development hell. Robin Williams (‘Aladdin’, ‘Jumanji’), Johnny Deep (‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’), Ewan McGregor (‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Christopher Robin’) and Jack O’Connell (‘Unbroken’, ‘'71’) where all cast in Driver's role at one time, and it wasn’t until 2017 that the version we have here started filming a whopping 28 years after production began. In 2000, a version began filming with Depp but due to flooding and Depp’s busy schedule, the production fell through. It was documented in the 2002 documentary ‘Lost in La Mancha’ (originally intended to be a behind the scenes film) with a follow-up due out this year titled ‘He Dreamed of Giants’, which fills in the blanks between that production and the final product. They both sound more interesting than the film itself.

Gilliam has reinvented history and iconic characters from the past before, but ‘The Man who Killed Don Quixote’ isn’t worth the 29-year wait. While Adam Driver shines, the rest on the film needs another polish.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 11/04/2019
RUN TIME: 2h 12m
CAST: Adam Driver
Jonathan Pryce
Stellan Skarsgård
Jordi Mollà
Joana Ribeiro
Óscar Jaenada
Olga Kurylenko
Rossy De Palma
Sergi López
Paloma Bloyd
DIRECTOR: Terry Gilliam
WRITERS: Terry Gilliam
Tony Grisoni
PRODUCERS: Mariela Besuievsky
Amy Gilliam
Gerardo Herrero
Gabriele Oricchio
SCORE: Rogue Banos
www.QuixoteMovie.com
TheManWhoKilledDonQuixote
QuixoteMovie
DonQuixoteFilm
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
The Sophia Loren Collection: Volume One - See the screen legend like never before
TRENDINGWIN THE SOPHIA LOREN COLLECTION: VOLUME ONESee the screen legend like never before
Spies in Disguise - An awesome animated spy film for the whole family
TRENDINGWIN SPIES IN DISGUISEAn awesome animated spy film for the whole family
Lockdown and Catch Up - The best action films streaming right now
TRENDINGLOCKDOWN AND CATCH UPThe best action films streaming right now
Pixar Animation, ranked - Revisiting and ranking the films of the animation powerhouse
TRENDINGPIXAR ANIMATION, RANKEDRevisiting and ranking the films of the animation powerhouse
Lockdown and Catch Up - The best family films streaming right now
TRENDINGLOCKDOWN AND CATCH UPThe best family films streaming right now
28 Days Later - ...15 years later
TRENDING28 DAYS LATER...15 years later
Birds of Prey - I'm here to report a terrible crime: DC has saved cinema
TRENDINGBIRDS OF PREYI'm here to report a terrible crime: DC has saved cinema
Vivarium - What makes a house a (horrific) home?
TRENDINGVIVARIUMWhat makes a house a (horrific) home?
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
Revisiting 'Dark City' 20 years later - The most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
TRENDINGREVISITING 'DARK CITY' 20 YEARS LATERThe most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
Sleeping Beauty - A history of Disney's masterpiece on its 60th anniversary
TRENDINGSLEEPING BEAUTYA history of Disney's masterpiece on its 60th anniversary
How to Train Your Dragon - An animation that reached new heights
TRENDINGHOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONAn animation that reached new heights
Lockdown and Catch Up - The best comedy films streaming right now
TRENDINGLOCKDOWN AND CATCH UPThe best comedy films streaming right now
A Guide to Second Date Sex - A quintessentially awkward British romantic comedy
TRENDINGA GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEXA quintessentially awkward British romantic comedy
Back of the Net - Misses the net, and then some
TRENDINGBACK OF THE NETMisses the net, and then some
Samui Song - A twisty, noir-ish exploration of female identity in Thailand
TRENDINGSAMUI SONGA twisty, noir-ish exploration of female identity in Thailand
Wet Woman in the Wind - A sexy struggle for conquest
TRENDINGWET WOMAN IN THE WINDA sexy struggle for conquest
Lion - A raw and powerful journey of identity
TRENDINGLIONA raw and powerful journey of identity
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
Children of the Sea - Sunk by a soggy script
TRENDINGCHILDREN OF THE SEASunk by a soggy script
© 2011 - 2020 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us