5th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon – Time Bandits (1981)


This is the second of three posts dedicated to the 5th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon being held over at A Shroad of Thoughts

Tnx Terrance for letting me take part!

“Dead? No excuse for laying off work.” – Supreme Being

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Cable in the 80’s and 90’s, 7 Sep 2009 and 2 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After a young boy encounters a band of thieving dwarves, he is taken on a journey with them thru time in order to steal as much as possible from unsuspecting famous figures in history.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall loving as a kid largely due to the way that it depicts hostory from a very interesting perspective.

Like the TV show Voyagers! (1982), they do a wonderful job having the characters “land” in different time periods and meet up with famous figures along the way.

The use of dwarves as the main characters is a great idea and it helps give a childlike perspective on history.

The way that this film tells an existential storyline by use of characters racing through “holes” in time is a great one especially since they aren’t meant to be very virtuous characters the entire time.

Director Terry Gilliam is great at telling enjoyable stories even if he has a tendency to use analogies along the way to discuss problems in society.

The cast is superb and they manage to give us some really memorable cameos along the way.

This film is still a classic even after nearly 40 years even if it isn’t perfect in every way.

Bottom Line – Such an enjoyable film.  The use of dwarves as the main characters works really well in trying to tell a existential story as they race through “holes” in the fabric of time trying to steal as much as they can along the way. The cast is superb and we get some great cameos along the way. Gilliam knows how to tell a great story visually even if his films are usually analogies for problems in society. Still a classic after all these years even if it isn’t perfect. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the DVD commentary, Terry Gilliam shot the film in low camera angles throughout, to give the audience the perspective of a dwarf or a child. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “5th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon – Time Bandits (1981)

  1. Thank you for taking part in the blogathon (three times, no less). I have always loved Time Bandits. It is one of those movies that both kids and adults can both enjoy. And it is so very funny!

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