Film Reviews, Short Review

Tideland (2005)

3/4

Like many of Terry Gilliam’s films, Tideland is messy, inconsistent and rough around the edges. Also like many of his films, it is vivid, absolutely bursting with imagination, and never uninteresting. The story concerns itself with the Alice in Wonderland-esque fantastical imagination of a young girl, Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland), surrounded by adults who are barely capable of taking responsibility for themselves let alone anyone else. Tideland is by no means perfect, with a lackadaisical pacing, a hashed ending and some tonal inconsistencies throughout, but it retains scenes of fevered power and creativity, the sort that could only come from the vision of a brilliant artist like Gilliam. For that alone it is worthwhile.

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