The Zero Theorem Panel [Comic-Con 2013]
As one of the few films I knew nothing about, The Zero Theorem‘s panel was probably one of the only ones I had zero expectations going into. Panel participants Zev Foreman, Dean Zanuck, and Terry Gilliam’s daughter Amy had a short, but not-so-sweet, panel and gave Comic-Con the first 10 minutes of the film.
Since director Terry Gilliam was noticeably absent, he did send in a video that was supposed to be funny. In there, he made a dig at the NSA scandal, made fun of blockbusters (a curious venue to do so), and tried to make us excited about his upcoming film.
After a very short fan Q&A, consisting of a few questions with short responses, Amy broke the news that we’d be getting an uninterrupted look at the first ten minutes.
For those that don’t know, The Zero Theorem is a whimsical, existential movie about a man trying to figure out the meaning of life. In the panel, they compared the script to Gilliam’s previous films Twelve Monkeys and Brazil.
The footage portrayed this to a degree, but I could see how it could be too out there for some. They joked that every good director needs to tackle an existential movie before it’s all over, so this is apparently Gilliam’s attempt. Still, seeing a butt-naked Christoph Waltz with a completely shaved head could be off-putting. I’ll admit the film did look quite visceral, but it’s going to take more than the first ten minutes to hook me.
In all, the panel looked a little thrown-together. It almost seemed like a last-minute addition, and the small panel probably didn’t help. The Zero Theorem made up some ground by showing us the first ten minutes, but it wasn’t the strongest attempt.
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon, Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis
Release Date: December 20
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