A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
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O Mundo Imaginário do Doutor Parnassus, L'Imaginarium du docteur Parnassus, Doctor Parnassus, L'Imaginarium du Docteur Parnassus, Doctor Parnassus és a képzelet birodalma, 파르나서스 박사의 상상극장, O Mundo Imaginário do Dr. Parnassus
Terry Gilliam always makes shit movies.
He made this movie.
whenever andrew garfield was on screen all i could think was ".03%!!! that's the guy whose shares got diluted down to .03%!!!!"
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.
november scavenger hunt (#56) // (4/30)
task 6 - watch a film featuring someone from monty python (this was directed by terry gilliam)
every minute that passed in this film was like a lifetime.. it never ended.. i only finished this for heath tbh. the things i do for heath.. this was his last film as well, rip to a legend :(
i could've been off the molly, the ganja and the acid and still not been high enough to understand a single moment of whatever it is angeles and i just saw. the worst part is that it had the potential to be good with the premise, the unique themes and imagery, and the big names who starred in it. unfortunately, instead, it was a dumpster fire.
(heath ledger - ranked)
(johnny depp - ranked)
***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…
So today is not only a Special day because of my girlfriends birthday nope it’s also heath ledgers birthday.
So with sadly heaths last performance ever we have a solid fantasy adventure with some Gilliam comedy and mystery in it. It’s filled with an allstar cast which all made amazing jobs and are the reason for the 3 stars because the story didn’t really got me. Recommend for hardcore Ledger and Gilliam humor fans.
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.
"Well, you've got to be in the mood for it" is something people occasionally say about a movie. Well, duh. Obviously. I'd say you have to be in the mood for any movie, otherwise it's just not going to do it for you and is going to leave you cold at best or piss you off at worst. But with the films of Terry Gilliam, it's even more so. If you're not in a Terry Gilliam State of Mind (cue Billy Joel piano intro) then any Gilliam film is going to leave you frustrated. Any of them.
I have long pointed to this film in other Gilliam reviews as an example of Gilliam at his messiest and sloppiest, as evidence…
You can't stop stories being told.
I think by now, most, if not all Terry Gilliam films are an acquired taste. It just so happens it's a taste I've acquired. His affinity for the power of imagination is something i really appreciate, in a landscape ruled by numbers. I can't speak to how the film would have looked had Heath Ledger survived, but the improvised re-working of the script makes for a satisfying story, while honoring the man's legacy.
Parts of the film look a bit dated, but overall I really enjoyed the production design, as well as the costume design. The contrast between the real-world sets and the fantastical was done very well. What really drives the film though, is the misfit cast of characters. The whole ensemble comes together like a family, and everybody has great chemistry.
It doesn't feel like a true Gilliam film if it doesn't have its' detractors.
Olivia: oh this was on that surrealist cinema list 🤔
Ángeles: I su-rreally wanted to die ;)
I had a total different idea of what was this movie about.
Although the CGI was very bad, I liked the aesthetic and the style was kinda like ''Emo Alice in Wonderland'' but I was so lost, I really didn't understand a single thing that happened in this movie.
Olivia: is it a musical now?
Ángeles: idk. this movie is so bad I want to study.
This could have been a total disaster following the tragic death of star Heath Ledger part way through filming, leaving a huge hole in Terry Gilliam's inventive fantasy. However this was a return to form given an extra kick by secondary casting of Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to stand in for scenes which would have featured Ledger passing through the portal.
The ghostly Lily Cole is somewhat reminiscent of Tilda Swinton in the way she looks in her role as the daughter of Dr Parnassus (Christopher Plummer). Plummer himself is fun, and he would go on shortly afterwards to play another 'magical' role as Prospero in The Tempest.
It's the whole 'imaginarium' which is the hallmark of Gilliam's films, and here is no exception. The room of high-heeled shoes, the gondola, the whole beauty of the art direction and set design of this muddled voyage into the fantastic.
The last of Ledger :(
While a story of an aging man with a vivid imagination in a world that no longer cares about such things (something Gilliam clearly feels resonate with) feels perfect for Terry Gilliam, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus still often feels stunted, hurried, shoddy and in need for tighter tension. As a whole, it’s less the wild, wondrous journey into the imagination that is likely expected, and more a slowly deflating parade of disconnected, often half-baked vignettes that taken together amount to a great deal less than the sum of their parts.
Quizás es una de mis películas de fantasía favoritas, o al menos es una de esas que más vuelven a mi mente.
Creo que salir adelante a pesar de la muerte de Hearh Ledger es un mérito en sí mismo —y además hace de ésta una obra curiosa—, pero hacer que la historia funcione sin parecer forzada, casi como si hubiera sido planeada de esa manera, es un gran logro.
Y además está Tom Waits en el papel del diablo. ¿Qué más se puede pedir?
every imaginarium version of Tony made me cry a little bit.
Gilliam at his most Gilliam-esque, before all the weird ranting about political correctness and getting cancelled - visually stunning, astonishingly weird, sexual politics that feel like they belong in the late seventies. It’s a lot to take in, even on a repeat viewing.
If I'm dreaming, I don't ever want to wake up.
Yo sé que no es una película muy bien recidiva por el público en general.
Pero no entiendo porque. Tiene mucho que ofrecer la película.
Me gustó mucho, por su espectro visual y el cambio de colores y tonalidades a lo largo de la película.
La historia es muy creativa, aunque el desarrollo de personajes no tanto.
Tuvo un buen final (un tanto isacticfactorio), pero necesario para comprender el motivo de las acciones y el.signifivado de la película entera.
una estrella por andrew garfield, otra por heath ledger y media por el enano
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Singularly strange and bittersweet to watch Heath Ledger on screen one last time. I honestly have no idea what this movie’s about though.
Terry Gilliam telling a story about an old storyteller struggling in modern times to find an audience interested in his stories and the possibilities of the human imagination? I wonder where he got the inspiration for this...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Falling somewhere between The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen and Spy Kids, this movie at times, although not perfect, through the production design and star-studded cast made for a pretty damn enjoyable viewing experience.
(And anytime I can see The Joker coming through is a good time)
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