20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Good, but could have been better,
This review is from: Don Quixote [DVD] (DVD)
The aging Alonso Quijano (played by John Lithgow) loves to read the stories of heroic knights who bestrode the world so long ago. Losing some of his ability to tell reality from fiction, he styles himself Don Quixote de la Mancha, dresses himself in rusty old army, grabs neighbor Sancho Panza (Bob Hoskins) as his squire, and rides off in search of adventure. Sadly for Don Quixote, the world has changed a great deal since the time of knights in shining armor. [Color, created in 2000, with a running time of 2 hours.]
I stopped when I saw John Lithgow and Bob Hoskins gracing the cover of this tape, and had to have it when I saw that the screenplay was written by John Mortimer (author of the Rumpole of the Bailey stories). The movie is visually stunning, with Quixote's hallucinations leaping off the screen in vibrant colors. Also, though the tape is marked as "not rated," it contains very little violence, and nothing else that would make it unsuitable for younger viewers.
Now for the bad news: the story is somewhat choppy, and, worse, seems to drag on with no real point. Though my children (7 and 10) liked the scenes with the giants, they became quite bored later and simply wandered away. That said, I did enjoy this movie, and am glad that I watched it, though I may never bother to watch it again. Therefore, let me give this movie a very qualified recommendation.