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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Before even entering the cinema, you must first accept that it's a Terry Gilliam film. Because if you have no idea how a Terry Gilliam film would play, you might get lost.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, from the title alone, will already tell you more or less what the movie is about. I can only describe it as the cinematic equivalent of a Pink Floyd album, or a Salvador DalĂ­ painting. Well, you can also compare it to the animated classic Yellow Submarine, only a little loonier. And like I said, it's Terry Gilliam. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I suggest watching the old Monty Python shows. The animated segments there were all done by Gilliam. And this movie has a lot of those (quoting my friend Myka) where-did-that-come-from? moments. So it's basically Gilliam's Python sketches in live-action and CGI. That'll give you an idea how much of a head trip this is.

This film also plays on the level of mythology. An old man, doomed to immortality, and a brash young newcomer -- that's just some of the archetypes the story uses. It has that timelessness to it, sort of like a legend, and if Verne Troyer hadn't mentioned the word "telephone", you wouldn't even be able to date the film.

Anyway, I shall force myself to say something about the actors.

Heath Ledger, you were so good, that ten minutes after you first appeared, I already forgot you were Heath Ledger.

Christopher Plummer, you were great, but the last time I saw you onscreen was in The Sound of Music.

Johnny Depp, do I even have to say anything?

Jude Law, I appreciated your acting after Sherlock Holmes, so you're safe now.

Colin Farrell, okay, you didn't talk much, so I wasn't able to hear if you used your indecipherable Irish accent.

And Verne Troyer, I'm sorry. You will always play roles like that. Such is the curse of Hollywood midgets.

*some info from IMDb
pic from sceneunseenpodcast.com

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. UK. 2009.

Rating: Eight out of ten.


Anonymous said...

I felt Colin Farrell was out of place. But that could just be me, I don't like Colin Farrell. XD

Basta among the three, parang I liked Colin Farrell the least. Pero keri lang naman. Hehe.

Me likey Mr Farrell when he was beating up that poor kid on stage. Classic irony!

@The Negation: I know, right. Hahaha. I love that scene too. Haha.

Anonymous said...

Hmm.. I've thought about this very much..... it sure raises a few questions..

@Anonymous: What exactly raises a few questions?

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