Really can't stand this film at all. Tedious satire that runs it's one joke about beauraucracy into the ground in the opening ten minutes. My biggest thought sitting through it was why did Robert De Niro get involved in such a shit project?For once I agree with you, I couldn't really make it pass the first hour, the movie drags its one gimmick for way too long and never really tells anything worth telling with the concept, which admittedly is interesting.
I really love this movie. I think Jonathan Pryce is great in it, and it's crazy how Gilliam manages to create a world that's quirky and funny while also being extremely dark and unsettling.
I always thought of it as a "re-telling" of 1984 - that's how it was introduced to me, in fact. I never really thought of it in any other way.