THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS (Theatrical Release USA 2009)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.5|5.0 Starsìììì

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has a phenomenal script. This is some of actor Christopher Plummer’s best work. Supporting cast members serve every scene well with outstanding performances by Andrew Garfield, Lily Cole, Verne Troyer, Tom Waits, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, and Peter Storemare. Terrific directing by Director Terry Gilliam. This movie requires full attention as it is told non-linearly and requires consistent audience involvement to fully appreciate its story. Children may need a plotline discussion before they go to understand the story.

Storyline

Dr. Parnassus falls in love and the devil, Nick, makes a bargain that Parnassus will have the love of his life if he agrees that the first child born will belong to Nick at the age of sixteen.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Terry Gilliam for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Victor Hadida, Patrice Theroux, and David Valleau for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Anton (Andrew Garfield), Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), Martin (Richard Riddell), Martin’s Girlfriend (Katie Lyons), Friend of Martin (Richard Shanks), Valentina (Lily Cole), Percy (Verne Troyer), Face Changed Martin (Bruce Crawford), Policeman (Johnny Harris), Mum (Lorraine Cheshire), and Dad (Mark Benton).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. On every level, this film wins. Great script, great actors, great stage settings and costuming push the movie over the top for story telling value.

Ben Meyers

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