Blu-ray Review: Jeff Bridges & Robin Williams Search For The Holy Grail In THE FISHER KING - Movies In Focus
It’s highly likely that Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King is the quirky director’s most accessible film. However, Gilliam doesn’t sacrifice his vision with this exceptional drama/fantasy, he embraces his usual interests and instincts and manages to deliver a visually impressive piece that’s also incredibly well acted. Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams play Jack and Parry, two lost souls searching for the Holy Grail (whatever that is) in modern day New York (well, 1991 New York, but you get what I mean). Jack is a down on his luck former shock-jock, reeling from a mass murder which he accidentally instigated and Parry is homeless man, who lost his wife and his mind when the aforementioned tragedy took place. The fates collide and the two men join forces to help each other achieve their own unreachable goals in a city that’s as unforgiving as it is majestic. . The Fisher King walks a tonal tightrope and Gilliam manages to keep everything perfectly balanced. He’s a director who is often blamed for putting style over substance, but he ekes-out exceptional performances from not only Bridges and Williams but also Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer and Michael Jeter. This is a modern day fairy tale [...]