Monday, January 11, 2010

Review: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Terry Gilliam films are few and far between. When they finally surface they're too be treasured. The director has notoriously bad luck when it comes to film production, with more than a few projects sidelined or dropped by unrealistic budgets, accidents, and lack of studio backing. He famously became so stressed on the set of Brazil that he temporarily lost the use of his legs. He tried to adapt Don Quixote only to have his star injured and his set damaged in a flood. He set out to film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with Heath Ledger and, well, the rest is history. Fortunately, however, Gilliam's latest imaginative epic was saved from redundancy. Though at times it rambles, it accomplishes what the director does best and sends the viewer on a fanciful flight through baroque, innovative worlds that could only come from the mind of Gilliam. You could call it, Imaginarium of Terry Gilliam, if you wanted, as Doctor Parnassus (a worn Christopher Plummer) seems to be his stand in; the holy fool who continues to triumph the power of the imagination in the face of modernity...

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