Movie Review: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Monday, December 21, 2009
By Abbey Khan
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Set in modern-day England, the immortal Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), who has the gift of guiding the imaginations of others, performs tricks with his traveling show that includes his beautiful daughter Valentina (Lily Cole), longtime confidante Percy (Verne Troyer), and Anton (Andrew Garfield), who is secretly in love with Valentina. Already having made a deal with the devil Mr. Nick (Tom Waits) thousands of years ago for immortality, he made another deal to be young again to win over the woman of his dreams. Mr. Nick agrees on the condition that if he fathers a daughter, she becomes his property when she turns sixteen. Now that his only daughter Valentina (Lily Cole) is days away from her 16th birthday, Parnassus is in a race against time to save her. Everything starts to look up when Tony (Heath Ledger) joins the show and modernizes it, but what the others don’t know is that Tony has his own secret agenda.

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Recommendation: A-
With the sad and untimely death of Heath Ledger in the middle of production, director Terry Gilliam manages to gracefully pull this film together. The story is a bit weak, but the captivating visuals, which seem to draw inspiration from artwork found in children’s storybooks, make up for it. The film also cleverly combines drama and comedy and supermodel Lily Cole is perfectly cast as Valentina.

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus also stars Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell, who all take over the role of Tony played by Heath Ledger. It is a Sony Pictures Classics release and opens in Los Angeles and New York on December 25, 2009 and nationwide on January 8, 2010.


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