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.
I so wanted to like this movie, I've left it to simmer in my mind trying to find something to latch on to give it more than two stars but sadly I had to surrender and admit that Tom Waits was the only bright spot in this movie.
Soooo much symbolism apparently over my head. I was left feeling like either I missed a lot of the meaning in this movie or the movie is a bit of a muddled mess that doesnt cleanly connect things in a palatable coherent way. OR its purposefully designed to be obtuse and reflect back on the viewer in the same way the magic mirror in the film does. No matter which of these is the truth, I must admit I was left a little perplexed and disappointed.
I definitely enjoyed the visuals and Terry Gilliam is in top form in giving us his classic surrealistic acid trip fantasy land to wash over us (and an "imaginarium" is probably the perfect vehicle…
This was very boring, and I'm very mad about that, because I had VERY high expectations for what seemed like a very interesting movie. Very.. very very very.
This is a very thought out film with tons of odd images in it but that always make to a fun film. I at first thought that I liked this film but on second viewing it isn't as good as I remember.
Tom Waits is the main antagonist in this film and there isn't enough of him.
i watched the whole thing through my tears
Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) has been leading his traveling show, the Imaginarium, for some time. Perhaps for quite a long time as he’s been alive for centuries, thanks to Mr. Nick (Tom Waits), a sinister fellow in a bowler hat who made a bet with Parnassus. In return for giving Parnassus an immortal soul, Mr. Nick would own Parnassus’s daughter, Valentina, on her 16th birthday. It’s soon coming up to that day, and Nick’s come around to collect his debt.
I am not sure if it is just me being a non-imaginative lawyer or if the movie was just WEIRD. I went to see it for the Boys, and good they were, but the whole imaginarium stuff...... too much for too long. A bit more reality for me, thank you very much.
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