The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Movie)
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  • I was also more than impressed with the great Christopher Plummer in the role of the doctor, and Heath Ledger played his bad but charming guy role much like Johnny Depp plays his pirate role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies
  • The story about the doctor having to find souls for the devil or his daughter will have to be that soul on her 16th birthday is certainly far-fetched but interesting
  • I would recommend The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to anyone who loves good movies

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      I had heard and read a lot about The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus before I watched in on DVD yesterday. I have followed the director Terry Gilliam’s career from his Monty Python days, and have very much admired his somewhat strange and eccentric art and movies. I had also read an article about Terry Gilliam’s devastation when Heath Ledger, his friend and lead actor in this movie, died halfway through filming this movie, and how three actors, Johnny Depp, Collin Farrell, and Jude Law, filled in to finish his role. As well, I had read how Hollywood and the major movie studios would not fund any movie Gilliam did, because of his reputation for eccentricity, so he had to beg and borrow

      from friends and relatives to make this movie himself. Even though I had read all this about this movie, I still had no idea what to expect, and especially how Gilliam was able to incorporate all four of his leading actors in a believable way.

      First of all, this movie really is pure fantasy, and a bit confusing at first. It seems to be set in modern-day England, but Doctor Parnassus and his traveling show are right out of another era. His daughter, played by Lily Cole, blew me away with how pretty and what a great actor she is. I was also more than impressed with the great Christopher Plummer in the role of the doctor, and Heath Ledger played his bad ...


      • but charming guy role much like Johnny Depp plays his pirate role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It gets a bit weird when anyone goes though the mirror on the stage into a fantasy world, but there is a bit of irony here too because the people see what they want to see in that world. The graphics are classic Gilliam and look very much like the art in Monty Python. The story about the doctor having to find souls for the devil or his daughter will have to be that soul on her 16th birthday is certainly far-fetched but interesting. Plummer plays the drunk, defeated and very old doctor wonderfully. The biggest feature of this movie that I had
        been curious about was just how the three actors were able to fill Ledger’s role without making it look awkward. It ended up being fine, and was almost seamless; the scenes with Ledger were mainly filmed out of the secret world behind the mirror, and his character’s face changes when he is in that fantasy world, so it actually works. It all works in the end, and even though it is very far-fetched, there is enough good acting and interesting twists to make it extremely watchable.

        I would recommend The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to anyone who loves good movies. I would also recommend watching the introduction, where Gilliam pays homage to his dear friend Heath Ledger and is a touching and heartwarming feature.




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