Inspired by the Lewis Carroll poem, Terry Gilliam’s debut feature is an uneven mix of medieval tomfoolery and crude Monty Python humour.
Fellow Python Michael Palin plays the humble peasant hero who, to prove his worth and win the hand of a fair maiden, sets out to kill the fearsome “manxome foe”.
The production design is stunning, and the look of the Jabberwock is based on the illustrations that Sir John Tenniel created for Carroll’s original book.
For all that, Gilliam’s grim fantasy only periodically raises itself above the tiresome.
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