Hi there. This is a film review of ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’.
Doctor Parnassus is an immortal 1,000 year-old travelling theatre owner, who is accompanied by his daughter Valentina, hired hand Anton, and long time friend Percy. They travel the country performing, and try to show people their own imaginations, but live on or below the bread line. But Dr Parnassus has entered a pack with the Devil, lost, and now Satan has come to collect his prize of Valentina on her 16th Birthday. To give him a sporting chance, the Devil creates a ‘race to 5 souls’ contest with Parnassus, winner get Valentina. The others discover a mystery man called Tony hanging and with no memory. They quickly hire him to bring in money (and souls), but his shadowy past affects everyone he meets.
And now here his what I made of it.
Watching the film in some places had the illusion of being high on LSD. But when it’s a film written and directed by the cartoonist from Monty Python, the outcome was bound to be crazy. However, I felt that Heath Ledger was remarkably average in his last role before his untimely death. His performance though funny and entertaining, lacked the power to fully draw me in. During some of the film, I was more interested in looking out for his stand-ins: Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law. I also felt that Lily Cole should make either more of an effort as an actress, or just go back to the day job. Many people who I have talked to have wondered, me included, that Terry Gilliam forgot that Cole was a 21 year-old playing a just turned 16 year-old.
So, it’s visually stunning. But the acting needs work.