Sunday, January 10, 2010

Review - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Just time for a quickie today.

Like nearly all of his films, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is confusing and completely out of control. Christopher Plummer (concealed by a very good makeup job) plays the ancient title character who battles the devil for wayward souls by showing them the liberating power of their imaginations over worldly temptations. Novel premise, but this movie simply doesn't work. Unevenly paced and way over the top in its stylistic approach, it suffers all the pitfalls as have Gilliam's other efforts. The sets and costumes, while unique and detailed, are way too kooky for the film's own good. The excess kills any chance of profundity.
No Oscar for you!

*1/2 out of ****

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have seen this film 4 times and love it. I think it's brilliant, well directed, well acted and visually stunning. I personally believe it is deserving of an Oscar nom for costume design, original score and think Plummer should pull a nom for Best Actor. No, it's not perfect, but no great film is. That's what makes them great. Perfection is boring.