Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Was Worth the Wait


You can go down a very long, circuitous (perhaps quixotic) rabbit hole in finding the story behind how Terry Gilliam finally finished latest work The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. So, we’re just going let you go down there on your own and focus on telling you how we enjoyed the film itself.

Just as that story fascinating on its own, the actual movie itself stands as a grand offering of Terry Gilliam’s vast, vast imagination. The idea of even adapting the original book of Don Quixote into a movie or TV series is pretty challenging. Yet, Gilliam dived further thematically by following a commercial director who becomes his art in living Quixote while trying to make a Quixote-themed commercial. That’s a bit cryptic of a premise, but describing the wild nature of the movie can get a bit complicated and just trust that Gilliam, for our money, pulls off the many narratives and layers he attempted here (on top of being visually spectacular as is usually the case with a Gilliam film).

For all the grand absurdities that Gilliam has presented in his films over the years, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote stands out as one where the nonsense (mostly) makes sense and is enjoyable to get lost in.

You can stream The Man Who Killed Don Quixote at several places here.