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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.
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Whimsicaly original, in a genre of its own.
Much like many of Gilliam's outings, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has great bones, but fails in execution. The death of Ledger is definitely felt, most significantly in the concluding half hour. It was a fun watch, but an empty one.
Probably my second favorite Terry Gilliam film right here. Normally I hate his work. His visual style is just about as obnoxious as that of Tony Scott. But here, his gaudy decoration works with a fantastic story.
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- I couldn't remember why this movie was so disappointing to me when I first watched it in theaters. but after finding disappointment in the ending on this second viewing, I remembered: Tom Waits' last wager to slay Tony & release Valentina is so very unsatisfying. Parnassus doesn't hesitate to kill Tony & save Val, an ending that could've worked if shot just slightly differently: Parny takes life to save his daughter & lives as immortal wrecked with guilt over murder (failing the devil's wager in one sense to preserve his daughter). OR Parny saves Tony in spite of the loss of his daughter bc he's winning a larger wager of sorts. Either one of those & this movie would be remembered as more…
Wanted to like it more. But I didn't.
Highly out of the box! Truly euphoric! LOL!
+ 0.5 because Tom Waits should play the devil in every movie.
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