Doctor Parnassus, the head of a traveling theater troupe, must collect five souls in order to get out of a deal he made with the devil thousands of years prior in exchange for the soul of his own daughter.
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Heath Ledger's death in the midst of filming The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009) can't really be called a 'happy accident,' so we'll just acknowledge that the multiple actor approach to the character was serendipitous. Ledger is replaced by Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Collin Farrell, and every translation works for the moment by showing a new part of the character's duplicity.--PolarisDiB
***1/2. Another film about Faust's myth. With Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam is one of the few directors in activity still able to invent images describing their own imaginary world. Lots of references coming from paintings and novels. Recommended.
I wish it would be so much more. It started pretty good, I liked the idea of how the telling of the stories of the world keeps the universe existing. But after that it just went down. Somwhow boring and unimaginative.
It has its flaws, but the wealth of imagination in Terry Gilliam's latest makes it a continually surprising and engaging flight of fantasy. The convoluted plot is confusing at times, it drags in places, and there is some overly-silly stuff involving some underdeveloped Russian mobsters - but it rises above its weaknesses with its inventive visual splendor and compelling characters (Tom Waits, in particular, steals th