Brazil (1985)

Brazil, why the heck is it even called that? It’s hard to say with a Terry Gilliam film. These movies by Gilliam are always so weird. I’ll give him credit, he has great creativity with his shots, sets and effects. This doesn’t always translate to an entertaining movie. I felt like this movie was overly long and boring at times. Robert De Niro had a small role in this but I got excited every time he was on screen. Ian Holm had a funny little part in this too. Jonathan Pryce did okay as the leading man but I never really connected with him. The movie just feels like 1984 but stuck in weird-mode. The ending is also a bummer. I’ll applaud the creativity of the film and the director doing what he wants, but I won’t say this is a good film. I can’t recommend this one.


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4 thoughts on “Brazil (1985)

  1. Since Brazil is indeed a dark comedy version of 1984, you pretty much have to have SOME kind of downer ending. The hero either has to physically die (the only escape from Big Brother), or be broken by the state as happens in the book, a “death” of his individuality.

    • Thanks for the input! I haven’t read 1984 but I’ve heard enough about it to know that Brazil seemed to be running along the same type of plot. It’s on my to-read list but I just haven’t got to it yet. Still, I must say I enjoyed the creativity put into this movie, but I don’t think I’ll watch this one again. Appreciate it! Take care!

  2. I watched this in high school in the late 90s…before the concept of “paperless.” There was a ton of paper in this movie! I love when movies predict the future wrong. We get a glimpse of what might have been.

    With it being 2015, the “future” is now and I am prone to these thoughts.

    Nice to see this pop up, even if you didn’t love it.

    • I definitely loved the creativity of it, just not the movie as a whole. I do love your point about the paper-filled future. It reminds me of the large amount of fax machines in the future of the Back to the Future movies. A fax machine in every room! THE FUTURE!
      Thanks for the comment!

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