One of Terry Gilliam's better films. Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits,
and Lily Cole give stand-out performances. It's Heath Ledger's last
film. He died during the film's production, and thanks to some
inventive storytelling Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrel capably
filled in to complete the film. While this may cause some film goers
difficulty I found it rather simple to suspend disbelief as their
appearance only occurs during those moments when the character resides
within the Imaginarium.
Gilliam is clearly fascinated by the act and art of story-telling, a
theme he has addressed in nearly all of his films from "Time Bandits",
through "The Brothers Grimm." Here that act is essential for life
itself and the Universe as a whole to continue. The film moves fluidly
back and forth from a grim but real world and the fantastical world of
Christopher Plummer uses every trick he's learned over his very long
and distinguished career to present a very complicated and difficult to
completely pin down exactly who Dr. Parnassus might be. Surely we are
presented some very clear possibilities, but with the number of layers
Gilliam uses as the over-arching story progresses it would be very
difficult to assume any one is definitive, and that is not at all easy
for an actor to successfully achieve. Plummer shows us a loving parent,
a drunken fool, a wise man of letters, a charlatan grifting for souls,
a mystical priest/prophet, a homeless, penny-less bum. Opposite him is
Tom Waits' creepy and devilish Mr. Nick. Once again showing us that
this musician song-writer has some acting prowess that deserves to be
used and seen more often.
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is a film (or story) about choices.
Ones we make, ones' we wish we'd make, and knowing right from wrong.
It's not clearly black and white as I just made it sound, and the film
ends cryptically enough that we know the story continues. Dr. Parnassus
made a bargain many moons ago with an unsavory character, and must make
amends, that's the film we see before us from Gilliam, and like
Shakespeare he reminds us that the world is a stage and we are but
actors rounded with a little sleep wherein we dream..
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Just a great movie! Heath Ledger is amazing!.
Such a great movie. It makes me sad that Heath Ledger died during production though!.
This movie is SO busy and chaotic that it turns into a bore to follow.
Trying to chase down the non-sequitor story lines becomes a absolutely
labor intensive. I was psyched to see it as it is an exceptional cast
and if there is any saving grace, that would be it. The trouble is that
there are too many story lines thrown at you before you can get to the
crux of the deal; None of the arcs are all that engaging or
captivating; they just keep popping up out of nowhere and end up
nowhere. The heart of the story is Parnassus's deal with Nick and what
he ultimately has to give up when time comes to settle up; but frankly
Terry Gilliam puts you through the ringer to get you there. Terry
Gilliam's films seem to get more and more cluttered which is a pity
being that the best work he did was with Monty Python as a visual
artist and possibly satirist and though Brazil and The Fisher King were
fun and engaging, the rest of his films become like a forest of fun
house mirrors. I got a headache watching this film. Sorry Terry..