A dominating Sean Connery performance makes one of the strangest films you’ll ever see hugely entertaining, in a thought-provoking sci-fi classic.

med_gallery_286742_34_94650

Zardoz is a film that seems to have a massive love it or hate it reputation. With many hating it for its convoluted plot, poorly written dialogue and cheesy special effects. However there are also those who love it for it’s expansive ideas, wild concepts and its just plain craziness. And this reviewer sides with the latter.

Zardoz is an insane piece of cinema which is unfathomable in many ways… there are so many wonderfully bizarre moments that it’s impossible to not be impressed.

Zardoz

The film stars a longhaired, mustachioed and mostly topless Sean Connery as Zed; a worshiper of Zardoz, a giant floating head that spits guns. Zed is bred to kill in the name of his God and does so with pride. So when he finds himself in a strange, peaceful future where people communicate telepathically and are immortal, the balance of all of civilisation is threatened.

From its opening sequence the film sets out its ideas and then expands on them. There are brutal images, alongside beautiful ones. It consistently raises questions about Gods, immortality, sex, gender, class equality, brutality and much more; without really supplying any answers. It is a full on piece of cinema that does much more than just entertain. It leaves you in a state of wonderment and thought that takes some time to come out of. I was utterly absorbed by the entire thing and most of it must come down to Connery’s performance.

zardozhead

In this film Connery does what he does best, in a role with very little dialogue he brings a truly memorable character to life and I genuinely enjoyed every second of it. He embraces the surreal nature of the film and brings just enough realism to it to be relatable. It is an astonishing performance that makes the film. Without him, you feel as if the film would be a complete mess, a horrible mish-mash of ideas, but Connery gives the audience grounding to the world, a way to experience it.

Zardoz is a wonderfully film that I loved every second of. It is a thoughtful and deep film disguised by its own bizarreness. It’s messages often forgotten as people remember it only for it’s giant flying head.

9/10