Monday, August 10, 2009

The Imaginarium Looks Pretty Good......

2009 has been to me a rather dreadful year of movies after an amazing 2008. Sadly, a few of the good looking 2009 movies that I have been interested in seeing like The Hurt Locker and Moon don't play in my area because of such a limited release.

But I have higher hopes for the release of Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus having a decent amount of screens when its released in October. This is the final role for the late Heath Ledger and I have to say after his amazing oscar winning performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight, well I definitely want to see what he'll do in a Gilliam film (Ed Note: He was in a previous Gilliam film The Brothers Grimm, which was ok but not one of my favorite Gilliam films).

The plot sounds interesting to say the least (via
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this 'coming of age' milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter's hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles - and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all.
and you can guarantee that Gilliam will come up with some crazy ideas to tell his story- Just watch the trailer.

(and some bonus scenes)

And if you're not familiar with the works of Terry Gilliam, he directed one of my favorite films of all time, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (see below).

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