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It's certainly distinctive, looking at times like Richard Lester put through a postmodernist blender.
(Gilliam's) vision is too reflexively comic to evoke the shadows of dread in Thompson's writing.
Darn funny, but those moments of seemingly-inspired humor are more than offset by the rest of the movie, which is nearly unwatchable.
If you encountered characters like this on an elevator, you'd push a button and get off at the next floor. Here the elevator is trapped between floors for 128 minutes.
A film of brilliant moments, but sadly less coherent - and, on senses, rather less personal - than most of Gilliam's work.
Pic serves up a sensory overload without any compensatory reflection on the outlandish and irresponsible behavior on view.