27. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Cast: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Olga Kurylenko
Director: Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King)
Why it's worth seeing: Terry Gilliam, the brilliant, lynchpin animator from Monty Python and genius behind such masterpieces as Time Bandits, Brazil, and 12 Monkeys has been trying to make this movie for 25 years. (Check out the documentary Lost in La Mancha from 2003 to see his earlier, doomed attempt.) Even getting it to Cannes for the closing night was a struggle. There was a legal injunction, and Gilliam suffered a minor stroke. So imagine my disappointment about 30 minutes in when I realized, Oh no, this actually isn't any good. It's a loud, repetitive, and not-very-insightful story about art vs. commerce, and if it were anyone other than Adam Driver playing the unlikable commercial director stuck in Spain making a silly ad that rips off the Don Quixote legend, it would be insufferable. Driver goes down a rabbit hole of his own memory, finds the old man who played Quixote in his student film, and then they run around for a while being noisy. This so clearly means something important to Gilliam, but most people will be put off by its length, repetitiveness, and garishness. Big salute to Mr. Gilliam for conquering the burden of his dreams, but The Man Who Killed Don Quixote mostly inspires a nap.