The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus – Movie Review
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’, a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom.
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is a Terry Gilliam film, and even if you didn’t know by watching the credits, you would know if you’ve ever seen any of his films. They are all basically hallucinogenic, feeling like you’re on a serious LSD high. This is renowned not only for being Terry Gilliam, but as Heath Ledger’s last movie. And in fact he’s given the top billing, which should legitimately and rightfully go to Christopher Plummer who’s wonderful in this. Lily Cole plays the daughter and Tom Waits plays the Devil. So it’s a bit of a quirky film, and because Heath Ledger died halfway through the movie, part of his parts are filled in by Colin Firth, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp, pretty cute boys. This is actually a very good film. It is huge in imagination, huge in reach, and incredibly entertaining. Not terribly comforting, but a really marvelous work of are, five stars.