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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.
Terry Gilliam is a man whose imagination knows no bounds, and even the poorly done digital effects in this film exhibit more creativity than a bundle of comic book adventures. Unfortunately, Gilliam is and always has been a lousy storyteller, and that becomes apparent when the material is weak like it is here. A better storyteller might make this work by helping us realize what's at stake and where the line is between fantasy and reality. Gilliam never believed in the line between fantasy and reality, and happily ventures off into la-la land with little explanation of what's going on or why.
When there's some real world substance behind it like Brazil or The Fisherking, the results are fantastic, but…
Though the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is at points visually striking and immensely entertaining, the former comes too rarely and the latter never reaches the peak it should. Ledger and friends deliver solid performances (with the exception of the ever laughable Verne Troyer and a shout out to Tom Waits), and Gilliam's bizarre affinity for fast moving, strange angled shots usually works out. In the end however, Imaginarium fails because it doesn't commit enough to either it's narrative traditions or its whimsical sensations. It stays too grounded in the former for the flimsiest plot points to pass (money is simultaneously an all-important object and no object), and the escapist absurdism isn't absurd enough to stay fun and fresh.
I remember once seeing a few minutes of the Dustin Hoffman film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium on TV and thinking, Terry Gilliam's losing his touch, I thought it was this, it wasn't.
This is pure Terry Gilliam, with wonderful surreal visuals and characters, but ultimately like many of Gilliam's films, mainly due to the plotting it isn't quite as good as it should be.
The performances are mostly excellent including Christopher Plummer as the title character, Lily Cole (who looks just incredible) as his daughter, Tom Waits as the Devil and Heath Ledger. Ledger of course died during production and his role is taken for the later part of the film in turn by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin…
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.
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