The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
A cynic reconnects with a deluded dreamer.
Driver and Pryce: A creative contagion
Terry Gilliam has finally speared his white whale, said Karen Han in Slate.com. Gilliam’s new gloss on Don Quixote isn’t exactly the movie that the Brazil director and former Monty Python cast member set out to make roughly 30 years ago. But the project’s cursed history is now behind him, and “all that joy—and pain—is in the film itself.” Adam Driver plays a director of commercials who during a shoot in Spain discovers a copy of the Quixote adaptation he made as a student and returns to the village where it was filmed. The old shoemaker who played the title role now believes that he is Don Quixote, and Jonathan Pryce makes him a holy fool, an avatar for artist-dreamers everywhere. “The whole thing is very Gilliam-esque,” said Eric Kohn in IndieWire.com. Driver becomes Sancho Panza to Pryce’s knight-errant, who drags his new sidekick along on various wayward adventures. Though the film is “sloppy and amateurish in parts,” it’s “always reaching for something.” The plot, which vigorously blurs the line between fantasy and reality, “isn’t so much episodic or circular as it is spiraling,” said Bilge Ebiri in VillageVoice.com. But that’s Gilliam’s style. “If you feel a little lost, that’s because he wants you to be.” ■