Movies that are slightly off.
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…
I didn’t enjoy Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus all that much, but damn it, I respect it a great deal. First, the star of the film, Heath Ledger, died tragically of a prescription drug overdose in the middle of the production. Second, at the end of principal photography, that which included three of Ledger’s friends substituting for him to complete his role, Producer William Vince succumbed to cancer. Finally, during post production, Gilliam himself was hit by a car. It’s a testament to his tenacity that he just wouldn’t let go, that he just wouldn’t give up on the movie.
I adored many things about the film; the sumptuous visual spectacle, the classic ‘deal with the devil’ conceit,…
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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Saw Terry Gilliam's THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS with Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Verne Troyer, Andrew Garfield and hot young model Lily Cole, last week in a theatre and liked it so much that I watched it again on Blu-ray last night. The Video and audio are amazing. Ledger died about 2/3 of the way through production so Jonny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell stepped in and finished his performance. In some ways, this actually makes the film better, believe it or not. Peter Stormare also has a cameo in the film.
I think it's Gilliam's best picture since BRAZIL. Highly recommended.
An utterly eclectic collection of set pieces and the home of Heath Leger's last performance, the Imaginarium lives up to its name as it follows a motley crew of performers and magicians into the modern era and dealings with the devil. Like it or not, you can't fault the innovative set pieces and true Gilliam style.
Allegedly Ledger's death didn't change any of the plot of the film (it just lead to some recasting for some of the fantasy sequences), but I'm not 100% sure I believe that. The second half of the film gets increasingly muddled, I would say suspiciously so given the circumstances.
Still, I liked a lot of the film. It has Gilliam's gonzo style in spades, and there are some real moments of imagination (imaginarium?). The story is pretty interesting and has some heft to it--heft I don't think was totally realized (see above), but still, I give it a lot of credit for trying. The film is populated with well-realized, flawed characters (some more than others), and the cast does a…
Critics and other reviewers here at IMDb have been incredibly kind to this awful film, and I have to believe it's only because it was directed by Terry Gilliam, and everyone's giving him a pass because of his other and much better films.
I watched this mess based on the trailers, and I thought that its visual style (and what I've seen of Gilliam's past work like "Brazil" and "The Fisher King") would at least make the film worth watching if nothing else did. I was wrong. Never again will I trust that cool production design and surreal special effects alone can carry a movie. Without a compelling story, or any sense of control, or just any plain sense for…
Terry Gilliam movies require something of their audience.
While I wasn't aware of the reasons for all the "double Tony's" as I watched the film, I liked how it played. It worked for me and I didn't really question it.
I didn't go in realizing that it was Ledger's last film, just knowing it was Gilliam with a great cast was enough.
Good film. Waits is fantastic. Plummer is amazing.
I have to say that I found myself enjoying more than I ever thought I would. There is a lot of good work within.
A movie most famous for being the one Heath Ledger was knee deep in before joining the Choir Invisible, I'm not entirely sold on the idea it would have been more coherent had he survived to complete it. Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) is an ancient monk who made a deal with the devil for longevity, with the bargain being that Mr. Nick (Tom Waits) will take any daughter Parnassus has when she reaches her 16th birthday. In the present day, he runs a traveling theater show with a magic mirror that leads people into the depths of their imagination (which is sometimes a good thing or a bad thing). It also happens to be his daughter's 16th birthday. After a…
It's been 8 years now since the untimely death of Heath Ledger, an actor who seemed to have limitless potential. He left behind a resume of fascinating performances and films, including his final role in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." He passed away with only a third of the film completed, and it seemed unlikely that the film would get finished. However through some clever writing and able actors the film did get finished, and the final product was turned into a tribute to the late actor. The film is a fantastical mess that mixes magic and folklore, there is some great imagination at work here but sometimes the special effects fail to keep the viewer in it's world. The…
In these times of uneven quality from the expert of the absurd, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus comes as an intermediate chapter of quality recovery with its bucket loads of surreal imagination and humor. The ludicrous amount of problems that production faced during its making could have been interpreted as a divine sign that the movie was not supposed to be made, but Gilliam’s tenacity compelled him to remain loyal to his vision and deliver this strange hybrid.
Most of the problems I am reading from fellow users are the boring “fillers” that tend to drag the film down. Those “fillers” are actually my favorite parts, more than the fantasy sequences where he plays the whole deal more “Burtonian”, even…
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