First Look: Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The first photo from Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has been fully revealed on the official website for the movie. Like The Dark Knight, this film now has a legacy, because it is the actual last film that Heath Ledger was in the middle of working on before he tragically died. There's not too much that can be made of this photo, including why or where or what, minus what the plot synopsis says, but at least it's a striking visual to kick off some interest in the movie. If you're ready to be amazed, mesmerized, and utterly confused, then take a look.
Terry Gilliam is one of the wackiest directors in Hollywood, right up there with David Lynch. Some of his earlier films were quite genius, including Time Bandits, the cult sci-fi classic Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And of course he also directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. But since then, The Brothers Grimm put him in a downward spiral and he followed that up with Tideland, the worst movie ever made, hands down. Now it's time for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and I'm just not sure what to make of it.
The synopsis for the film describes it as: A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting. That explains the photo, but beyond that, who knows. We do know that there is a "magic mirror" that can change people entirely, which is where early considerations have been made as to the point in which Heath Ledger's character will transform into another actor. The film is described as "a weird, fantasy, time-travel movie", so I'm curious, but still not even close to being "sold" on it yet.
For more info, visit the film's official website at: DoctorParnassus.com.