Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: A Disastarium

The "Imaginarium of..." is about the power of the imagination, the confusion of choice, the struggle between good and evil, the bliss of youth, the fear of growing old, love, jealousy and a few other lofty ideas thrown in for good measure. If only the filmmakers had focused on one subject. Instead movie-goers are tossed about like ships in a storm not knowing what to hold on to escape the inevitable — drowning.
So, that's the bad news. What's good about this magnificent mess of a movie — this fantastagorium — is the acting. Christopher Plummer is the good Doctor who's fighting for the soul of his lovely daughter Valentina (Lily Cole). Heath Ledger (in his final role) Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell round out the stellar cast.
Dr. P is the proprietor of a carnival act that's more than smoke and mirrors. Indeed! For a nominal fee, clients are transported through the looking glass — in this case a full-length mirror — into a land of their imagination. Where's Alice when we need her?

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