This is from the writer and director of the Monty Python films, Terry Gilliam, so you can expect some clever witty British Comedy. There are so many small jokes in the background that it takes a couple watches to see them all. Every joke always got a laugh or a chuckle out of me, but the film made sure the comedy didn't overshadow the surreal drama in the last act. The only problem I had in the entire film has to be the romance. I'm fine with a love interest, but they rushed it out before they can have proper chemistry.
Most of dystopian worlds in 80's films were just Blade Runner copy cats, but Brazil stood out because of its futuristic 50's style designs. I'm kinda surprised that the film only had a $15 million budget since a lot if details went into the production.
Brazil is an amazing film that is surprising overlooked.
Un despliegue visual, y una innovadora técnica cinematográfica convierten a Brazil en una obra maestra. Con un guión inteligente y toque cómico aseguran el entretenimiento a pesar de que cabe la posibilidad de que no entiendas una m*erda al final.
trends by extrapolating it from present reality.
In a mainstream society where movies and writings of dystopia and post-apocalyptia are often defined by attractive young teenagers in worlds of sleek, structured futurism around poor, unruly slum districts, it is refreshing to find a setting that homages the worlds envisioned by old masters the likes of Orwell, Rand, Lang, and Huxley. Though its world might seem dated in terms of today's society, Brazil combines the technology, social issues, and materialism of the 1980s with the styles, mannerisms, music, Noire, and Art-Deco designs of the 1940s- creating a distinct setting of dark urbanity, rampant consumerism, and rigid bureaucracy.
The plotline is thoroughly enjoyable, revolving around a lowly, overclocked government bureaucrat and his quest to acquire the damsel he frequently elopes with in his dreams- whom, in reality, turns out to be a hardened truck driver accused of having ties to an underground terrorist organization. There wasn't a character that I didn't like in this movie, and the dark comedy combined with Monty-Python-esque influences help make for an interesting story that perceives a world of apathy and clueless, all-consuming bureaucratic control.
Overall- good setting, good characters, good plot, good production, good soundtrack, excellent movie.
May 5 2017: Definitely liked it a little better the second time around, especially in HD on a good screen. The setup is fun, with Gilliam clearly having a blast building this world, and he manages some great shots in spite of his over-reliance on blurry-edged extreme-wides, but it goes badly off the rails in the second half (up until the pretty good ending). Everything involving Kim Greist is painful, really painful, especially when it goes full-blown romance. Honestly the interesting stuff seems to be happening mostly off-screen: Harry Tuttle shows up and I'm like, "Ooh, this is suddenly fun!" And then he leaves five minutes later and I'm wishing I could watch a movie about that guy instead.