Sunday, December 4, 2011

They Might Be Giants (Film - 1971)

   

We watched this superb movie last night. They Might Be Giants is about a delusional paranoid called Justin Playfair who thinks he is Sherlock Holmes - or is he? You certainly want him to be. It's just this type fantasy that propels the film and it's easy to understand why many of the other characters get swept up in the fun charade.


Released in 1971 and way ahead of its time TMBG has an excellent quotable script, great use of New York City locations and cast of oddballs just the right side of crazy; apart from the core players, look out for Munster Al Lewis and Golden Girl Rue McClanahan.

Dr Mildred Watson: You're just like Don Quixote. You think that everything is always something else. 

Justin Playfair (Holmes?): Well, he had a point. 'Course he carried it a bit too far. He thought that every windmill was a giant. That's insane. But, thinking that they might be, well... All the best minds used to think the world was flat. But what if it isn't? It might be round. And bread mold might be medicine. If we never looked at things and thought of what might be, why we'd all still be out there in the tall grass with the apes.