The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Impressions

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is the type of movie that all movies should try to be like.  I know that is a huge statement, but I make huge statements.  That’s what you get from  me and I’m not ashamed.  It is almost impossible to tell you WHY it is a great movie.  It is probably Terry Gilliam, a director that is able to create a world that we all want to be apart of, interact with, touch and love.  He has no end of his imagination.  Instead of simply using special effects to make the viewer say, “Oh, Wow!”, he uses Special Effects like Special Effects should be used, to enhance the story telling.  The story is amazing too, this strange struggle between the Devil, played by the brilliant Tom Waits, and an ancient Monk who’s job it is to tell the story of creation to keep the universe from un-existing.  The Monk’s daughter is the prize of their contests, and Heath Ledger’s character is caught in the middle.  Sadly, he passed away before the movie was finished filming, but Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell do an amazing job playing as Ledger’s “Other”.  It is hard to explain without giving away the plot, but it works, and works well and seems effortless.  Looking at it and thinking about it, it is all of these things.  The entire movie works and works completely and utterly.  It takes a lot for me to like a movie as strange as this.  If anything, this movie makes the strange and odd seem normal.  It is a testament to movie story-telling that deserves two hours of your undivided attention.