Review: He Dreams of Giants
Digital: He Dreams of Giants (2019)
Terry Gilliam has long dreamed of getting his elusive passion-project of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote onto screens worldwide, but has been beset with a multitude of problems which has included, but not restricted to; freak weather cancelling filming, budgetary restrictions, many changes of actors, and a whole host of other seemingly insurmountable issues which would have made almost anyone else give up on their dream and move onto something else.
He Dreams of Giants follows Terry as he hits one brick wall after another trying to finally complete his movie, with ever increasing age adding yet another dimension to all the other obstacles which have so far prevented him from achieving his dream.
A fascinating insight into the trails and tribulations into what is involved in getting a movie completed, this documentary takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions with Gilliam as the finishing line is so often moved away from him at the most inopportune of moments, and his patience and passion pushed to the limits.
We of course now know that he did complete it, but it is testament to the filmmakers that it takes nothing at all away from the tension, and moments of elation, that keep you glued to the screen and cheering for Terry as he gets another step closer to completion.
A very interesting and informative insight into the behind the scenes life of a true auteur.
Review by Dave from a streaming link kindly supplied by Blue Finch Film Releasing via Witchfinder PR.
Blue Finch Film Releasing presents He Dreams of Giants on digital platforms 29 March 2021.