in about 100 words or less
UK 105m, Colour
Directed by Terry Gilliam; Cast: Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell
While technically not a Python film, Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky contains many of the sensibilities and style of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) – which arguably had much to do with Gilliam’s co-direction of that original production. By comparison, Jabberwocky has a better developed narrative style, and less of a reliance on a continuous series of gags. Inspired by the Lewis Carroll poem of the same name, Jabberwocky follows a un-accomplished cooper named Dennis, played by Michael Palin, who embarks on an adventure of a medieval lifetime which leads him to battle a despicable creature which has terrorized his kingdom. As with all of Gilliam’s films, his art direction and attention to detail, including a cast with the worst dental health in cinema history, play a prominent role in the “authentic” look, feel and smell of Jabberwocky (Klaus Ming December 2010).