20 February 2011

Movies: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1054606/
Heath Ledger's final role - he died during production. Terry Gilliam directed (12 Monkeys, Brazil, Time Bandits, Monty Python, etc) and had Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell complete Ledger's role. It makes sense when you watch the movie. Depp and Law are awesome, Farrell less so, but he doesn't hurt the movie much. Visually a feast, as Gilliam movies tend to be. Story starts out strong, but I think the impact of Heath Ledger's death hurt the coherence as the movie nears its end. Nevertheless, it is entertaining and worth watching. Has some good eye-candy too.

(original post 2 Jun 2010)

Edit: I've rewatched this flick a couple more times after the initial viewing. I still like it. And the movie actually seemed better on subsequent viewings.  But it also reminds me that sometimes Terry Gilliam movies might be an acquired taste.

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