Managed to catch Terry Gilliam's latest movie on one of the big screen this evening, and thought it was very good, although I didn't quite grasp the final twenty minutes.
The movie asks the age old existential question of the meaning and meaninglessness of it all and leaves the answers sufficiently open to interpretation without becoming a meaningless art movie where everything is left to the viewer i.e. there is an intent and clear posing of questions, as well as suggestions of answers. Here are some comments from Gilliam himself:
"Pat Rushin’s script intrigued me with the many pertinent questions raised in his funny, philosophic and touching tale. For example: What gives meaning to our lives, brings us happiness? Can we ever find solitude in an increasingly connected, constricted world? Is that world under control or simply chaotic?
We’ve tried to make a film that is honest, funny, beautiful, smart and surprising; a simple film about a complex modern man waiting for a call to give meaning to his life; about inescapable relationships and the longing for love, peopled with captivating characters, mouthfuls of wise and witty dialogue; raising questions without offering easy answers. Hopefully, it’s unlike any film you have seen recently; no zombies, no caped crusaders, no aliens or gigantic explosions. Actually, I might have lied about that last item."