|09.23.06||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2006|
day... 3? yes, day 3. Started today out with an afternoon showing of Tideland. This screened the night before to lots of talk afterward... I'd heard it sucks from way back, plus the fact that it played Toronto 05 and is still playing festivals... Other than that though, All I knew about it was that it stars some kid and Sarah Polley traded emails with Gilliam about her.
So... my friend Aaron had the perfect synopsis for this movie... and if it wasn't a joke, it'd be pretty true. If this was called Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, I'd love it. The whole movie is populated with junkies, retards, and psychopaths... it deals heavily with taxidermy'd corpses... it plays like some freak dream... and I'd pity any normal person who accidentally drove down this road and found themselves in this world.
I guess it's a hard job for the kid to pull off since it IS mostly her throughout the movie and she has to do different accents for the little doll-head imaginary friends she has... but like a lot of Gilliam's stuff this movie is just too crazy for my tastes. I was happy to see Jeff Bridges in a small role... and there's a couple scenes that trip out of Gilliam's fantasy mind which are pretty cool visually speaking (one under water and another down a rabbit hole), but for the most part I found it pretty tedious. Again, if one of these characters ended up as leatherface in the last scene, I would've thought that it's awesome for them to take such an odd turn with the prequel... and these people ARE TCM-levels of messed up... there's plenty of morbid shit going on here, spiced with a few pedophilic overtones to make you feel good (unless you're a distributor)... so it really would fit nicely... too bad it's a Terry Gilliam movie instead.
Like Jarrette said afterward, it did seem more like a Gilliam movie than Brothers Grimm, it's just a shame that the story sucked.