The Zero Theorem – 3 out of 5
Since I first discovered the magic of Monty Python when I was younger, I’ve been an avid fan of all the Pythons and their subsequent works. Above the others, I’ve always felt that Terry Gilliam had the most unique career because of his controlled madness he splatters onto the silver screen with the film’s he directs. For the most part, I’m a fan of all his work and was pretty interested to see his new project; The Zero Theorem.
|I put this picture here for no other reason than to share Christoph Waltz's ass.|
|I thought this said "Mancow" for a second and I feared|
that a hack shock DJ was going to show up in this
|Also, what is going on with that hair?|
With a great cast giving great performances and terrific cyber-punk’ish visuals from a very talented and creative director, The Zero Theorem already has some interesting aspects working in its favor. The only thing it really needs is a solid story to hook you…but that’s the problem.
While I won’t go as far as to say the story is bad—because it’s not—it just felt like it lacked any real enthusiasm or even motivation to really move beyond an ambiguous state. I understand the film isn’t intended to be a energetic tale and Qohen’s journey is a tragic one at worst and a bittersweet one at best and that being slightly dodgy with explanations is a trait of Gilliam and his films but the movie feels like one that is just too short on content. Management’s involvement in the events surrounding Qohen’s research on the “zero theorem” feels unfulfilling and Bainsley and Ben’s place in the story doesn’t feel as feathered out as they need to be—Ben more than Bainsley.
|Does that sign say "No Batman?" A pox on this future!|
|He's mourning his missing eyebrows.|
|At the very least, the film did give us this!|
So, I was a little disappointed with the lack of meat the film’s story had but I will not say that it didn’t work on some level. Qohen’s little adventure was interesting to watch and that was helped greatly by the tremendous performance from Christoph Waltz. I’ve never seen the man give a bad performance and this is just another notch on his belt. He was captivating to watch as the misunderstood (misunderstood even by himself) character. In fact, the entire cast was very good in The Zero Theorem.
|Waltz's 80's rap album will drop when?|
|Sexy nurse? That reminds me to get my sexy nurse|
costume ready for Halloween.
|It's like WebMD.|
I really wanted to enjoy The Zero Theorem more. As it is, the film isn’t terrible and is watchable and mildly entertaining for those who enjoy films that are slightly off-kilter. However, the story just didn’t feel as development as it needed to be and it left me feeling like visuals were more important that content. While decent, the film was nothing more than a single-shot viewing for me.