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Worth seeing once
on 25 February 2006
Bob Hoskins is magnificently and dryly funny as Sancho Panza, John Lithgow plays Don Quixote with verve and style and the scenic backdrops of Southern Spain are breathtaking so why is the result so dreary? Possibly because the film is based on the lengthy, sprawling, rambling masterpiece by Miguel de Cervantes and this work of genius stubbornly refuses to be summarized as a film or in the case, mini-series. (A mini-series, by the way which irritatingly keeps its fades to black where the commercials should go.)
The original book is so full of wonderful puns and perhaps the puns should have materialized into visual ones for the film to succeed. In my opinion we get a clue about what the film might have been when windmills become filmic monsters and the whole thing becomes lots of fun. These kinds of scenes are the most entertaining in the film.
To its credit, this adaptation sticks worthily to the original story but a film is not a book and needs an altogether different approach if it is to establish itself as an entertainment, separate from a book. Worth seeing once, I think.