Friday, June 4, 2010
Movie Review: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Now this movie came out a while ago, but I'd thought I would tell you about it anyway. Why, you ask? Because chances are you never saw it. This reminds me a lot of how Fantastic Mr. Fox was treated. It was over shadowed by bigger releases and most people thought it looked stupid. The actual movie was amazing, one of my favorite actually. The same goes with The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. This is Heath Ledgers last film that nobody really saw.
The film is about a traveling band of people who, along with the wise Dr. Parnassus, essentially advertise passage into a "dream world" that is run by the Dr.'s mind. While they are doing this, we learn that the Dr. is thousands of years old and on the raw end of a deal with Satan himself. On her 16th birthday, he is going to have to give is only daughter to The Devil. Along their way they find Tony (Ledger) hanging from a bridge. He doesn't know who he is, but his motives are indeed questionable. From there the adventure begins, and it gets weirder and weirder. In a good way, of course.
The film is brilliantly acted by all of the main characters. Valentina, the Dr.'s daughter is played by the Beautiful Lilly Cole while Christopher Plummer does a great job as Dr. Parnassus himself. Ledger does yet again a very good job playing the shady Tony adding a certain charm to the role that not many other actors could pull off. The film is exciting, with the best scenes being when they are in the "dream world." Really anything can happen, and it gets a little odd. The films music is great but forgettable, but it does its job.
Overall, this film is an offbeat movie that is very entertaining to watch. Once you have watched it fully and understand its primary themes and messages you will love it even more. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is an offbeat film that you can really sink your teeth into and enjoy.
I give it 4/5 Stars