DVD Review: Brazil with Michael Palin
I love Michael Palin, but then I think just about everyone does, which is part of the reason he probably gets to travel the world to do ‘travel shows.’ The other parts would be his ability to make fun of himself and the fact that he was already quite famous. Now 25 years since he first went traveling around to world for the BCC, Palin is going to Brazil, a country he somehow missed going to.
Now don’t get me wrong when you red the next sentence, I love Palin and I love following him around the world, but… I’m not sure if i’ve become too cynical or if the discrepancies between real life and Palin’s journey have just become way more obvious, but in his travels around Brazil do seem awfully well orchestrated, and his way seems to have been prepared as if for a royal visit.
Even when he visits the favelas, everything seems nice and happy. Of course that’s the thing with travel shows, and the BBC would not want to send a national treasure in harms way.
As Palin galavants around the big country we do get to see a lot of interesting people, culture and even the mistakes of American colonialism. It’s a fascinating if smewhat sanitised look at a diverse and growing country, and it has Palin playing the foolish Englishman – what is not to love?
Rating: M Sexual references.