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YMMV: Time Bandits
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The Time Bandits themselves - a collective Villain Protagonist group, Hero Antagonist? Lovable rogues? Bratty man children?
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The opening and closing theme, as well as George Harrison's song "Dream Away" during the end credits. (Harrison produced the film.)
  • Esoteric Happy Ending - Judging by the very negative portrayal of consumerism and mundane thinking that Kevin's parents represent, the filmmakers might see their total destruction to be a good thing for Kevin in the long run.
  • Fridge Horror: Kevin was more than happy to stay in ancient Greece as the adopted son of King Agamemnon and is most unhappy to be "rescued" by the Time Bandits. The idea of Kevin living happily ever after in ancient Greece becomes a lot more disturbing when you remember that King Agamemnon is murdered by his own wife later on, so the bandits probably did him a favor whether he liked it or not.
    • Agamemnon himself arguably experiences this in universe when he realizes that the "magic trick" is real and his newly adopted son is gone for good.
  • Genius Bonus - The unspoken tension between Agamemnon and his wife is a reference to their fate in Greek mythology: their marriage ends in murder. It's perhaps best that Kevin isn't around for that.
  • Hey, It's That Guy! - John Cleese, Michael Palin, Ian Holm, and Sean Connery play historical figures in the movie. Also David Warner as Evil, R2D2 as Fidget, and the voice of Judge Claude Frollo as The Supreme Being, representative of all that is good. Katherine Helmond, best known for Who's the Boss? and who would reappear in Brazil, played the Ogre's Wife. Shelley Duvall also makes a cameo. The announcer is played by Jim Broadbent of Harry Potter fame, among many other roles.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Supreme Being's head chasing the Time Bandits.
    • Evil's army. As if a hoard of screeching, 8 ft. tall creatures with hook hands and cow skull heads weren't scary enough, they can also shoot missiles out of their eyes.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The Time Bandits were written as little people so that audiences would accept a child as their equal. Thus, the filmmakers were planning on audiences seeing little people as less than full adults.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs? - The weirdness builds up during the entire movie. Once the protagonists enter the Time of Legends, it gets downright trippy, with the final showdown against Evil as one of the most surreal moments in the history of cinema.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The film was rated PG, but this was before PG-13 was introduced - a lot of kids were halfway traumatized by some of the visuals.

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