A medieval tale with Pythonesque humour: After the death of his father the young Dennis Cooper goes to town where he has to pass several adventures. The town and the whole kingdom is threatened by a terrible monster called 'Jabberwocky'. Will Dennis make his fortune? Is anyone brave enough to defeat the monster?
Terry Gilliam's early work was all about excess; his animation pieces for "Monty Python's Flying Circus" often featured some hapless know-nothing flashing a horizonwide grin before getting squashed by some huge, plummeting object. His directorial debut, the sometimes awkward but often hilarious fright-comedy "Jabberwocky,” is unremittingly silly and subjects its hero to relentless bouts of hardship. That means you don't have to look too closely to see the webbing that joins Mr. Gilliam's later movies to this very loose adaptation of Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem about a havoc-wreaking monster that represents the id. - Elvis Mitchell
1977-04-16 | VINCENT CANBY | Read the New York Times Review of Jabberwocky