YMMV / The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

  • Adaptation Displacement: This is far from the first work about the outlandish tales of Baron Munchausen. The original stories were published in the late 18th century, and the first film based on his tales was made in 1911, with several other versions filmed throughout the 20th century. A German film made in 1943 was particularly similar to Gilliam's version visually, to the point that a legal disclaimer had to be included in the 1988 picture. This is the best-known version for modern (Western) audiences, however.
  • Awesome Moments: When the Baron's tale gives the entire town a boost of morale and they march for the town gates to put an end to the war going on. When Horatio Jackson, who had the town under his control before this, threatens to shoot anyone who leaves, he's ignored. And when they open the town gates, it looks like the battle was somehow won the way the Baron described it... as he told them the story. In other words, the Baron saved the day with a story of his adventures.
    • That very "fabled" battle, where the Baron's companions finally gets all the powers of their youths back and singlehandledly defeat the Great Turk's army.
  • Ear Worm: The theme will get stuck in your head for days.
  • Fridge Logic: How can the Sultan afford to wage war on the Baron for stealing everything from his treasury... if the Baron has stolen everything from his treasury?
    • He's still getting tribute, and still has an ample supply of slaves.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    Sally: It wasn't just a story, was it?
    (The Baron casts her a look of warmth and annoyance, and flings the rose at her. Cue Fanfare.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: From debuting as Venus (Aphrodite in Greek mythology) in this film, to playing Medusa years later, Uma Thurman has played both women who symbolize completely opposite extremes in Greek and Roman myths. And speaking of Venus, her waltz with the Baron is amusing because you could say "she wants to dance like Uma Thurman." (Even better, that song was inspired by a more famous movie that came out several years after this one, in which Uma dances with another male protagonist.)
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • If you were a kid when you first saw this movie, The Grim Reaper scared the pants off of you.
    • The entrance into the Moon, including the "parade," was disturbing as hell even for adults.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Robin Williams as The King Of The Moon (credited as Ray D. Tutto) among others. The Baron doesn't stay in one place long enough for anyone to get more than one scene. Uma Thurman as Venus also stands out (though she is also part of the And You Were There actresses in the theatrical Book Ends).
    • It should also be noted that Robin Williams ' entire performance was ad-libbed. Let's hear it for cocaine!
  • Retroactive Recognition: Uma Thurman makes her film debut as Venus.
  • Spiritual Licensee: If you want to play the closest thing to a Video Game this movie will ever have, then you should play Final Fantasy IV.
    • Let's begin with the silly fact that the main city of the game is called Baron, then we can also name the protagonist being attacked by leviathan (a giant sea monster), going to a volcanic-underworld and going to the moon. Also, this movie is what inspired the Final Fantasy saga to use the Grim Reaper for the 'Death' spell.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Yet another movie saved by HBO.