The Zero Theorem Movie Review
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Zero Theorem is a mixed bag of good and downright forgettable performances. Christoph Waltz delivers wonderfully in the (bald) skin of Qohen; this being his first leading role, Waltz shows Hollywood is a capable leading man. His love interest is an on-line stripper named Bainsley, played by Mélanie Thierry, but her character is out of place in Qohen’s world and Thierry collapses under the weight. Tilda Swinton – who’s been on a tear lately – offers her expertise to Qohen’s eccentric therapist with resounding frivolity. Rounding out the principle characters is Qohen’s unruly friend and equally talented numbers genius, named Bob (Lucas Hedges). While not an awful performance, Bob seems to be the unlikeliest voice of reason, but Pat Rushin’s screenplay is littered with unscrupulous miscues.
Terry Gilliam’s unique visual flare lent itself wonderfully to the first two films in his Orwellian trilogy, Brazil and 12 Monkeys, always enhancing the underlying themes. The surreal imagery he concocted were often the most interesting aspects of those movies. Unfortunately, The Zero Theorem relies too heavily on the visuals and not enough storytelling, giving way to an utterly drab and drag experience. This third and final entry is a disappointing conclusion, but still worth your time to explore.