Bald man grapples with dystopia whilst staring at various women’s breasts.
Anyone who has seen any of Terry Gilliams’ previous work (Twelve Monkeys, Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus(!) etc) will know that he is a bit of an oddball. I have always felt if he was a bit more b̶o̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ serious like Terrence Malick say, he would be a lot more appreciated in high brow circles but instead he infuses his lofty ambitions with humour and colour.
The dystopia featured in The Zero Theorem obviously owes a debt to 1984 but to be fair it is almost impossible not to and he does bring his own visual style to the table. I quite like main player Christoph Waltz (although he has never got close to equalling his performance in Inglorious Basterds). Waltz grows into the role but Matt Damon steals every scene he is in. If you are into deep and meaningful symbolic stuff and you like Gilliam’s previous work then you should definitely give this a shot. Stick with it too, the last half an hour is much better than the opening.