TIME BANDITS

(1981)
Kevin and the Time Bandits: Craig Warnock, Kenny Baker, Malcolm Dixon, Mike Edmonds, Jack Purvis, Tiny Ross
Also with: John Cleese, Sean Connery, David Warner, Ralph Richardson, Michael Palin, Shelley Duvall, Ian Holm, Katherine Helmond, Peter Vaughan
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Reviewed by JB

     The strength and weakness of TIME BANDITS, written by Monty Python's Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, is that it looks and feels like several short movies in one, much like the Python film THE MEANING OF LIFE.  As with any episodic film, you are bound to dislike at least one section, so that the film will either start off poorly, sag in the middle or come to a lame conclusion, depending on your personal tastes.  The plot - a handful of celestial midgets have stolen the Map of Time from The Supreme Being and are now looting their way through history - allows Palin and Gilliam to spoof on historical epics and fantasy films to their hearts delight, and for director Gilliam to create his usual (that is, unusual) vast visual worlds for his actors to romp about upon.  TIME BANDITS takes a half hour too long to really kick in, with the opening Napoleon section being the film's most humorless (for me - personal taste, you know), but the rest of the trip makes up for it.  The performance highlights include John Cleese as an ultra polite Robin Hood, Sean Connery as King Agemennon and David Warner as "The Evil One". And of course, Ian Muir as one of giantest giants you'll ever see.  A visual delight, like most Gilliam films, with generous doses of Pythonesque humor, TIME BANDITS is almost a companion piece to THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN with young Craig Warnock filling in for BARON's Sarah Polley as the child from whose point of view we see it all. - JB

Fantasy     The Secret Vortex


IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR GOOD MOVIE QUOTES

THE EVIL ONE (on God): "Slugs!  He created slugs!  They can't hear.  They can't see.  They can't operate machinery.  Are we not in the hands of a lunatic?"

BY GEORGE!

The catchy song heard during the ending credits is "Only a Dream Away" by George Harrison, who was an Executive Producer of the film. The song can be found on Harrison's GONE TROPPO album.