Director: Terry Gilliam
Time: 2 hrs. 7 minutes
This film is very loosely based on a book about the adventures of Hieronymus Karl Friedrich, Freiherr von Munchhausen (1720-1797). The Baron was famous, or should it be infamous, for telling tall tales from his military time fighting for Russia during the Russo-Turkish War. Some of the tales he told involved being swallowed by a whale, riding a cannonball, and taking a trip to the Moon. These and other tales were printed by a man who claimed to have heard these stories straight from the Baron. He, however, printed a book of these adventures without the Baron’s permission.
This is, of course, another funny and eccentric film from Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. In the film, the Baron is accompanied by Berthold (Eric Idle), a man who can run faster than The Flash, another companion has super-human strength, one can hear miles away, and one can see long distances. The movie centers around the Baron’s travels trying to reconnect with his friends in order to save a town from the Turks. He is accompanied by a little girl named Sally (Sarah Polley).
Their travels take them to the Moon where they meet the King and Queen of the Moon. The King is played by Robin Williams in his usual manic, or should I say lunatic style. Spoilers removed
When I first saw this movie, back in the early 90s, I wasn’t impressed with it but now that I know some of the background of the story, I like it. I give it 4 stars out of 5. It is also available in Blu-Ray.