Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Brazil (1985)

Directed by Terry Gilliam

Starring Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond


An amazingly complex social satire, and an entertaining story with entertaining characters at the same time. This film kinda felt like a Chaplin satire like Modern Times. Both Modern Times and this film had implications of Big Brother. This film was almost called “1984 1/2”, and for good reason. Definitely Python-esque in its comedy and social satire. There’s even a bit from Potemkin.

This film has a pleasantly weird feeling to it. It almost feels like it was made in the 60’s. It kinda feels like Mad Max, taking place in a foreign land with screwed up vehicles. The film even focuses more on exaggerated action than on character development, just like Mad Max. That religion-as-trickery bit was really cool. The “part of the movie really only takes place inside his head” thing is cool and really works. The film may have dragged for a moment or so, but it was still good. I can definitely see how this was made by the same guy who made 12 Monkeys.

Neat cast, including De Niro and Bob Hoskins. De Niro is fantastic, he almost made the movie by himself. Pryce is great. It’s too bad he’s doing Infiniti commercials now. Why the title?

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