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.
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.
A fairly obvious and typically looking Terry Gilliam film an over long Monty Python animation (but saying that, would sound like I was undermining it). The CGI effects now seem rudimentary. Gilliam has a big imagination; which before made his ideas some what impossible to film. With this film while it is magical and spectacular doesn't really have the same impact as before.
The grubby and delicate imagery of the real world has a juxtaposition with the street entertainers Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) psychedelic inner world of his stage mirror where you can escape into and change your life, but you have to choose between good and evil.
The other 'pretty boy' actors (Law, Depp, Farrell) who are used to…
Many magical moments of Gilliam at his best. Yet the plot could use one more intensive rewrite - in the first hour very little happens and after that there are too many sloppy turning points.
מבחינת רגעי הקסם הקולנועי והדמיון הפרוע שכלולים בסרט הזה - מדובר באחד הטובים של גיליאם. גם הצורך להתגבר על מותו של הית' לדג'ר הובילה לפתרון שהוא לא פחות ממבריק. עם זאת, חבל שהעלילה לא עברה שיוף משמעותי יותר. השעה הראשונה היא נמתחת ונטולת פעולה, ויש כאן יותר מדי מהלכים מרושלים. ועדיין - סרט מרשים.
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…
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