I’ve generally been an agnostic when it comes to Terry Gilliam. For every incredible Brazil (1985) or 12 Monkeys (1995) there is an equal and opposite execrable The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) or The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). This time around I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Two of the best movies released this year, Richard Ayoade’s The Double (2013), and Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer (2013) have both been heavily indebted to Terry Gilliam’s vision. In addition, the trailer for The Zero Theorem has French actress Melanie Thierry in one of those sexy nurse outfits, and who can resist that?
Here’s a bonus Q&A with Terry Gilliam from the BFI London Film Festival: