I’ve recently dived into doing ”best of’ lists, so as I’ve explained, I’ve decided to do my top 20 SF films. This is my personal list, so feel free to disagree with it and of course, you’ll be horribly wrong.
Previously at # 20, The Matrix, 19, Seconds, 18, A Boy and His Dog, 17, Sunshine, 16, Dark Star, 15, Rollerball, 14 Altered States, 13, Close Encounters of the Third Kind ,12, Forbidden Planet, 11, The Star Wars Trilogy, 10. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and 9, Dark City.
Number 8 on my list is Terry Gilliam’s splendid 12 Monkeys.
I’ll be honest. Anything Terry Gilliam does makes me want to erupt with joy as I think he’s one of the most talented filmmakers of the last 35 years and he’s made some of the best films I’ve ever seen. This is one of them.
I find it hard to fault 12 Monkeys. Bruce Willis is almost perfect in it, Brad Pitt shows he’s more than a pretty face and the whole thing is so beautifully constructed right up the last few shots that it’s impossible to not admire the sheer amount of craft put into this film. My only problem with this is that it’s a bit too drawn out in places and a tighter edit would have worked wonders but this is a very, very minor complaint about a film that so tragically brilliant that I’m not going to insult you or the film by trotting out the plot because it’ll make it sound like an average Doctor Who episode at best when it’s far ahead of anything that programme will ever deliver.
Go watch 12 Monkeys again tonight. I demand it! Also watch the excellent making of documentary that strips bare film making in a way most of these documentaries don’t. It’s as good as the film itself.
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