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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus review


2009
Directed by Terry Gilliam

Starring Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole & Heath Ledger


This movie is about a man, Doctor Parnassus, who runs a theatre troupe and also happens to have made a deal with the devil, granting him immortality. Included in his troupe are his daughter, Valentia, a young man, Anton, a midget, Percy, and later on Tony, a man who cannot remember his past. Doctor Parnassus' deal with the devil states that if the devil wins five souls, then Val (the daughter) is his. If Parnassus wins, then Val goes free.

This movie is quite interesting, and I have to say I think it would have been even better if Ledger had been able to finish shooting (he had only been filmed in about 1/3 of the movie when he passed away in 2008). To replace him, however, three of his friends ( Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell) took turns playing his character, Tony, in different stages of Parnassus' imagination. They all did a wonderful job, and it did add a special sort of "twist" to the tale.

I don't want to say much more for fear of ruining something in the plot/giving away the ending, but I can say that I liked the movie a lot, although I was slightly dissatisfied with the way it ended.

I would recommend it, though. Especially if you are a Ledger fan. (:

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2011-06-02 [Nioniel]: Hubby and I loved the film. <3

2011-06-02 [Akayume]: It was good! The ending made me go :( :( :(

2011-06-02 [Viking]: I thought it had a lot of potential, but ended up kind of a mess. I must admit that I did quite enjoy Tom Waits as the Devil.

2011-06-02 [Akayume]: He was pretty key. (: And I agree that the end was kinda messy. :/

2011-06-02 [Viking]: No, the whole movie was kind of a mess, not just the ending. If Ledger hadn't died, or they just reshot everything with a different actor, I think they'd have been able to tell the story as intended. It was simply too disjointed and messy as released.

2011-06-02 [Akayume]: Really? I thought the end was messy, but not the beginning/middle.

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