The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Posted: December 26, 2009 in Movies

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in short, is about an immortal story teller who is in a contest with the devil. Set in modern London the Dr., his daughter Valentina, along with Anton and a dwarf named Percy travel around in a giant horse drawn carrriage. In Carnie like fashion they stop here and there setting up the carriage as a stage, enticing the public to enter a magical world. When patrons pass through this mirror, they enter the world of the imagination, full of bizzare sets typical of other films directed by Terry Gilliam. Along the way they find a near dead amnesiac who joins the troup. (Played by Heath Ledger.)

There’s a lot going on in this movie with all the different characters but I don’t want to spoil it. You can’t always guess what will happen which is good. I like these kinds of movies because they’re so different and such. This movie has it’s own mythology to it, but there’s some minor points that weren’t clear to me. Near the end, when I found out what the heart of the movie really is, I looked back and thought some things could have been played up better. A weird movie is good, but this one had potential to pull on the heart strings more.

In short it’s a good unique movie, not the best, but more ambitious than most. Another good entry in the fantasy genre for 2009. 8/10


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