A Monty Python splinter faction bears responsibility for Jabberwocky, a medieval farce based on a Lewis Carroll poem. Film is long on jabber but short on yocks.

A Monty Python splinter faction bears responsibility for Jabberwocky, a medieval farce based on a Lewis Carroll poem. Film is long on jabber but short on yocks.

Ex-Pythonite Terry Gilliam directed and coscripted. Michael Palin is well-cast as a bumpkin who threads his way through jousting knights, grubby peasants, ‘drag’ nuns, and damsels both fair and plump to become the inadvertent hero who slays the vile monster menacing Max Wall’s cartoon kingdom. The monster, who doesn’t appear till the final minutes, is a work of inspired dark imagination.

Film goes for gags instead of sustained satire, including several typically English lavatorial jokes and also some repulsively bloody ones.

Some of the slapstick works okay but at a very intermittent pace in a mish-mash scenario.

Jabberwocky

UK

Production

Umbrella/White. Director Terry Gilliam; Producer Sandy Lieberson; Screenplay Terry Gilliam, Charles Alverson; Camera Terry Bedford; Editor Michael Bradsell; Music De Wolfe; Art Director Roy Smith

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Michael Palin Harry H. Corbett John Le Mesurier Warren Mitchell Max Wall Deborah Fallender
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