THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE
DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 132 minutes, featurettes, previews
VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
STUDIO: Screen Media Films
RELEASE DATE: 6-4-2019
Toby (Adam Driver) is a self-absorbed advertising director who finds himself trapped in life (while shooting in Spain) and
then he stumbles upon a DVD of a student film he made called THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIOXITE. He decides to take a trip down
memory lane and faces his pats including the shoemaker who starred in the student film and thinks he's Don Quioxite (Jonathan
Pryce). He bumps into the girl actress (Joana Ribeiro) that he left behind and meanwhile he is trying to ward off the advances
of the boss's wife (Olga Kurylenko). The boss (Stellan Skarsgard) trusts Toby while things get more complicated when it involves
a crazy rich Russian and the cops. I forgot to mention that Toby finds himself sometimes trapped in the same delusions that
Don Quixote is seeing.
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE is an interesting mess. It is a movie that director Terry Gilliam had tried to make for
at least 20 years. The first attempt to make it fell apart when the movie was starting production with Johnny Depp and actor
playing Don Quixote killed the production due to a herniated disc a week into the production (and it meant that actor would
be unable to do the movie for months). The story of that unfinished production is well documented in the LOST IN LA MANCHA
documentary. More recently, he faced other woes like trouble with John Hurt who had cancer and the insurance company wouldn't
give a go-ahead on Hurt despite his recovery. Then John Hurt died. He had trouble with a would-be financier while the movie
was finally getting made. Amazon had picked up the movie and then dropped it. Terry Gilliam is very much like Don Quixote
in regards to this film. It is like he is really chasing windmills and finally got to make his dream movie.
Five short featurettes with cast and crew interviews that feature behind-the-scenes footage and clips:
COSTUMES AND MAKEUP
WORKING WITH TERRY GILLIAN
I do wish the DVD included the documentary on the original aborted production (LOST IN LA MANCHA) or even an audio commentary
by Terry Gilliam.
Two previews for other films including BLUE IGUANA play before the menu and you can't skip them
FINAL ANALYSIS: THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE is a fascinating mess which makes Terry Gilliam was chasing windmills
in his quest to make this movie and his obsession left an imperfect film that never ended up what it may have been. Rent
it at least to check out this movie with two many ideas in a jumbled mess that is at least interesting to watch.
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