A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.
In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells to his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Anton, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost to the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his ... Written by
RubyRed, Seattle, Washington USA
When Percy, Valentina and Anton are counting money and Valentina says: "Hey, maybe my birthday won't be so bad". Percy is looking down at money in his hands. In the next shot his posture and facial expression is completely different. See more »
There are movies that come along every once in a while and leave you pleasantly surprised. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is one of those.
I was very curious about this film, but was cautiously curious as it seemed to be waaaaaaaaaay out there. And it is. But in the middle of the bizarre is a morality tale that is charming and instructive.
Depp, Law and Farrell, seamlessly stand in for Ledger during fantasy sequences that actually work better having Ledger replaced as it adds to the fun mess happening.
The film has some of the most unique sets and effects seen this past year. It makes you wonder what the director might have done had he been given the Alice in Wonderland project and not Burton.
Christopher Plumber and Tom Waits are excellent as the dueling forces of good and bad. Necomers Andrew Garfield and Lily Cole bring a fresh face and air to the proceedings. Verne Troyer, made famous for playing Mini-Me in the Powers movies, is wonderful as the assistant to Plumber's Parnassus. Ledger brings his usual flair for the odd and as mentioned previously, Depp, Farrell and Law step in for Ledger and all three deliver performances that enhance Ledger's.
This is a definite rental for the curious and I bet, like me, you will want to purchase it so you can experience the absolute joyful bizarreness of it all as much as you can.
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