Tuesday, January 19, 2010

REVIEW: The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium Of
Doctor Parnassus

Heath Ledger,
Christopher Plummer


January 8, 2010 (WIDE)

Terry Gilliam

Sony Pictures Classics

2 hours 2 minutes




Get ready to see Heath Ledger's wonderful performance in one of the most visually amazing and confusing films I have ever seen. Doctor Parnassus is about a man who's 1000s of years old who has a dark secret. 1000 years ago, Doctor Parnassus made a deal with the devil. But this deal came with a price: Parnassus gains immortality, but if Parnassus has any children, once they turn age 16, they belong to the devil himself. Suddenly, a mysterious outsider named Tony joins the Doctor's traveling show and they must decide if he's a ally to Dr. Parnassus, or to the devil. This film was probably one of the most visually amazing films I've ever seen. Terry Gilliam, who we all know from some films like The Fisher King and the Monty Python films makes a fun, but dramatic film with great and exhilarating special effects. The only problem I had with this film is that the storyline was very very confusing for kids my age who want to see the "Joker's" last film. Heck, this movie wasn't even FOR kids after all, despite it's candy colored settings. I would like to point out that if you see this movie ONLY for Heath, then you'll be disappointed because he's just a small part in this movie compared to the all star cast that replaced him after he died. But anyway, this was a fun film that certainly gives Heath a well deserved final bow. So, if you loved Heath, go see this for him, and not for the popcorn. R.I.P. Heath Ledger 1979-2008 We'll miss you, old bud!



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