in about 100 words or less
UK 126m, Colour
Director: Terry Gilliam; Cast: John Neville, Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, Winston Dennis, Charles McKeown, Jonathan Pryce, Jack Purvis, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman, Robin Williams, Peter Jeffrey
While one would expect nothing less from Terry Gilliam, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a wondrous film of impossible adventures brought to life through fantastic art design, beautiful costuming and great special effects. The fairytale story is based upon the tall tales of the 18thC German adventurer Karl Friedrich von Münchhausen – who was said to have ridden cannonballs, travelled to the Moon, and pulled himself up by his own hair to escape a swamp. Gilliam’s re-telling of the Baron’s adventures is as witty and charming as the Baron himself, who is expertly realized by John Neville. Accompanying the Baron is a young girl named Sally who is delightfully played by Sarah Polly. The duo is joined by a great cast of supporting actors who, as in The Wizard of Oz, play both real-life and imaginary characters – making for a story that is complicated, but nevertheless, quite interesting and very amusing (Klaus Ming November 2010).