I admit it, I do not understand this movie. I whole-heartedly wish I could, but I can't. Just when I feel like I've grasped what it's trying to say, I lose it again. I don't know if it's because I'm not philosophical enough, not smart enough, or maybe the movie really is a bunch of nonsense. I have no clue. All I can say is that this is really a bizarre, strange movie.
If someday I could understand this movie, I think I would love it. But even though it was mostly gibberish to me, I thought it was genuinely interesting with really interesting visuals and ideas.
It's camp sometimes and it certainly hasn't aged well (Sean Connery in an orange thong, for example), but I enjoyed watching it. When I wasn't trying to scour for some deep message, I loved its sheer goofiness.
My brother and I first watched it because we had heard about its crazy B-movie campiness and we expected exactly that. And we got that for the first 30 minutes, until we started to get into it and made an effort to understand what it was saying. When we couldn't understand what it was saying, he stopped watching and I pressed on.
I honestly don't think I'll understand this movie until someone word for word explains every scene of this film, but I always watch it for a spark of creativity when I need inspiration to paint. The visuals are dreamy and mesmerizing, and genuinely beautiful in some parts.
To make a long review short, Zardoz makes no sense to me but it does its part by standing out among other Sci-Fi films (for better of for worse) and cementing itself in my brain forever. I can honestly say that I'll probably never forget watching this. It was that bizarre.