The Man Who Killed Don Quixote-Movie Review
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is the newest film to be released from visionary director Terry Gilliam. The film tells the story of an advertising director named Toby Grisoni who returns to a small Spanish town where he made a student film about Don Quixote. The humble cobbler who played Quixote in the film now seems to actually believe he is the fictional character. He also believes Toby is his squire Sancho Panza, this misunderstanding leads to a strange and humorous journey that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.
This film has been in the mind of Terry Gilliam for more than 25 years and has underwent several different treatments and casting changes. In 2000, it seemed like Gilliam’s vision for Don Quixote was finally being made a reality. However, due to several delays such as devastating weather and the main actor suffering from health complications, production on the film was shut down. Over the years, the film would go through several more treatments and Gilliam was constantly struggling to obtain funding for the film. Despite all of the hardships Gilliam went through, he finally brought his vision for Don Quixote to the big screen in 2019.
The film stars Adam Driver as Toby and Jonathan Pryce (who starred in Gilliam’s acclaimed film Brazil) as Don Quixote. Both of the film’s leads give exceptional performances, Pryce nearly steals the show as Quixote. The film also displays Gilliam’s unique visual style, sense of humor, and recurring themes of dreams vs. reality. While the film is mostly entertaining, it does occasionally drag and the plot is a little messy. Despite these issues, there is still plenty to enjoy about this film. The fact that it was finally made despite its grueling production history is something to be admired and a great motivator to never give up.