1978 ***** 106 mins.
I know I may seem a bit off my rocker to give this film five stars, but I can't help it. It's just such an interesting film to sit through, and when it comes to originality, this film is at the top of the class. What is exactly the plot? Well, um, the plot isn't really what's important. What's important is the characters and the situations that are presented. Queen Elizabeth I asks her alchemist (played by a nearly unrecognizable Richard O'Brien) to show her England in the future. She (and we) is presented with a "wasteland of roving girl gangs, an all-powerful media mogul, fascistic police, scattered filth, and twisted sex," to quote the back cover of the Criterion DVD. I was completely entranced by this film the first time I watched it, and I couldn't wait to watch it a second time.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Derek Jarman and James Whaley