Hello everyone in LA, it’s Ben here, reporting from London. Now as some of you already know, Terry Gilliam’s new film The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus is already out in the UK, and it will not be out in America until Christmas Day. So here is a ‘First Look’ of the film for all of you to have have to wait. Also, know that this piece is 100% Spoiler Free…
For those of you who don’t know the story it’s about a man named Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) who leads a traveling theatre troupe who literally transport audiences into a realm of strange wonders. But he risks losing the soul of his daughter in a bet with the devil that newcomer Tony (Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell) might help or hinder.
- The look of the film is utterly infectious, you get caught in the set design, Doctor Parnassus’s carriage, the costumes and the imaginary sequences. Even though is an independent production, it looks absolutely fantastic.
- We all know what happened to film when Heath Ledger suddenly passed away in January 2008, which left the film in limbo for months. The film has come up with a simple yet effective way to carry on the story after his death, it has created three different versions of Tony depending on which side of the mirror he’s on. It is nice to see people like Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell turning up in the film to voice their support, not just for Heath Ledger but for Terry Gilliam, and they all turn in good performances, although they all try to channel Ledger’s original’s performance, which is more successful in some cases than others.
- This might just be me, or possibly everyone else who has seen the film, but I just didn’t get the film. I was so confused by it that I just didn’t know what to think about it. This is a film that will demand its audience to see it numerous times just to find out if the story works or not.
This isn’t Terry Gilliam’s best film, due to the plot problems. But it is no less imaginative, and it is a testament to Terry Gilliam’s perseverance to overcome the tragedy that bestowed this production.