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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
Terry Gilliam always makes shit movies.
He made this movie.
Terry Gilliam is a lofty director if ever there was one - yes, he makes Fellini even seem grounded and constantly realistic and focused. This is hardly bad, though. He's a man with a vision primarily, but when he lets his drifty and floating storytelling take hold it's often more exciting and enveloping than even the most clean, straight and by-the-books of narrative methods. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is his traveling side-show if ever he made one, a foray, sweet and vibrant, into his world and deeply artful beauty.
There is a story that Gilliam has to tell, so make no mistake in the often flighty and playful spins he takes to draw us in. In this case it's…
Here's a chance to indulge in Terry Gilliam's masterpiece! A film that's made to tickle one's fantastical mind and maximize all possible spaces of human imagination.
If I had continued on with my life not having watched this film, I'm at a great disadvantage. This film doesn't only have a fantastic ensemble of actors, it also has a very fresh and clever plot that is only made more engrossing by its quality CGI and visualization.
What I especially loved about this film are the subtleties in each spectacle, and the thickness of the theme all throughout.
God, okay! Fine! I just love it. Period.
***Dinner with Gilliam - 11th Course***
If I didn't already know better, I would swear that The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was Terry Gilliam's final film. Throughout his career he has espoused the merits of imagination, and by the time this film ended, it almost felt like he had said everything he wanted to. The story, co-written by The Adventures of Baron Munchausen writer Charles McKeown, whose influence is quite apparent, follows the titular Parnassus and his band of poor stage performers as they travel around London attempting to outwit the Devil himself.
The main thrust of the film is about the dichotomy between imagination and modernity, with Parnassus acting as a stand-in for Gilliam himself as he travels around…
Bonkers, lovely to look at, and despite the threat of a potentially fatal production disaster, it overcomes it and makes the film better than it could have been anyway.
As usual, Terry Gilliam directs a wildly inventive film, however, for me it failed to engage me on any level apart from the spectacle of the visuals. A very big disappointment for Heath Ledger's final film.
Not for me. I think I'm no longer a Terry Gilliam fan, which makes me sad.
Τι απίστευτα ντελιριακή ταινία!
Δεν θα περίμενα κάτι λιγότερο από τον Τέρι Γκίλιαμ.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"The Imaginarium" considered in its entirety is an enjoyable film, though it did leave me with a lot of questions. The main plot as I could tell involves a bet that Dr. Parnassus has made with the devil in which he has given him his first born in exchange for the gift of eternal life. His daughter is to be handed over at age 16, unless Parnassus can fulfill some other bet that he makes with the devil. The rest is mainly just fluff showing off the capabilities of the magic mirror and the hierarchy of the traveling side show.
I found much of the film confusing, like the origins of the sideshow and where the other characters have come…
Highly weird spiel on Dr. Faustus, but yet somewhat captivating.... not Gilliam's best work though
Visually beautiful, but the plot got muddy about halfway through. Excellent choices for the cast- Ledger was probably the weakest, unfortunately. But that said, Depp and co. did have some good scenes. No telling how Ledger would have interpreted them.
Otra locura de Terry Gilliam, salvando bastante bien las complicaciones.
Outside of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", this is the first Terry Gilliam film I've seen. I had a curiosity about "Parnassus" because of the dreamlike visuals and the fact that it was Heath Ledger's final performance before his death. It is definitely a highly imaginative telling of the age old "deal with the devil" tale. For the most part I enjoyed all of the dreamy visuals and creativity. A large portion of the CGI seems cheap and half-developed, but it sort of adds to the surreal visual quality. Since Ledger had died during production, story elements were added to allow Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell to pick up for him in the world of imagination. This…
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