Saw 'The Fisher King', for the first time in years. Terry Gilliam did an introduction for the screening at an art house cinema in London (his office is in Covent Garden and he lives in islington, so it's a short journey for him).
I remembered liking the film, but thinking bits went off the rails, and that was my impression again last night, but the bits that work are often amazing.
The cast are spectacular, whatever else they've done this contains some of their absolute best work. Robin Williams owns all his scenes, but Jeff Bridges stands up against him incredibly well and Mercedes Ruehl stacked up a long list of nominations and awards, deservedly so. Amanda Plummer sometimes just gets cast as twitchy and strange, and she does that here, but so much more as well, it's a great performance.
I'd totally forgotten about Michael Jeter's supporting role, as a homeless, mentally unstable drag artist who delivers a show tune halfway through the movie. Having seen it again, I can't imagine how I forgot it? It's brilliant, sympathetic, strong, tragic and hilarious.
It all looks like a Gilliam movie, in the best way so, yes, it does go off the rails, but it's still a really successful story. I'm glad I saw it again.