I personally think that this is Gilliam’s best film, despite the overwhelming awesomeness of Fear and Loathing, and I have been wanting to do a post like this for a while now. Shout out to Khalid, and also sati, both are are pretty damned awesome at this. I am am sure there are thousands that I have missed too. But… as an aspiring cinematographer (ha!), this is my perspective on Gilliam’s style and his best film, my personal favourite.
There no beautiful landscapes, which in my opinion, anyone could make look great. No, most of this movie is set indoors, and when it is outdoors the world of the movie is bleak.. To me, this is what separates Gilliam from everyone else, except for Kubrick.
As a amateur-photographer, I love films that place a heavy emphasis on how each scene is shot. Gilliam is notorious for treating each and every scene as if it were its own movie, and the documentary about 12 Monkeys shows this. Its title refers to a hamster wheel; an infamous scene where big Terry wasn’t happy until, in the background, a hamster was in the right place at the right time, running in its wheel.
This single anecdote sums up the man perfectly. All of his movies are a giant middle finger to the mainstream Hollywood merry-go-round; a style that hits my sweet spot when it comes to attitude about film in general.
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