i've been a terry gilliam fan since i saw 'brazil' and have rarely been disappointed. this lives up to his usual work in many ways, although it lacks the certain darkness that is present in much of his stuff. a fairy tale for adults is how i usually describe this movie to anyone who asks...unlike 'time bandits' and 'brazil' (the first two movies in the unofficial trilogy) which both show society and rationalism defeating man, the baron deals with the final victory of fantasy and belief over rationalism and science. this is just a fun movie to watch and to dream about. trying to think through it doesn't really work, you simply have to let your imagination go and accept it. not many movies challenge adults to do that anymore, and it is cool to have one that does.