A Visit to the Imaginarium


While I can’t say I fully understood it, I did enjoy The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. It had a good story, but I think the main appeal might have been that it was a recent fantasy film that DIDN’T concentrate on souped-up computer graphics (there WAS CGI, to be sure, but it was hardly of Avatar-type levels) and battle scenes. I really liked the surreal scenery in the fantasy sequences, some of it based on paintings. The bit with the Russian gangsters and the singing policemen was a clear callback to Terry Gilliam’s own low-budget Monty Python animation. While probably best known for being Heath Ledger’s last performance, there were other good performances as well, including Tom Waits as the Devil.

And Lily Cole is really attractive, but then she IS a model, so I guess that’s not saying too much.

Then again, not all models are good-looking, are they? Also, I’m not sure I could buy that she was only sixteen. Oh, well. It wasn’t too long ago that I first saw Gilliam’s Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and this had much the same feel as those older movies, funny with an unabashed sense of whimsy. I get the impression that his sensibilities aren’t all that different from mine. For what it’s worth, I also liked Brazil quite a bit, but I didn’t get a whole lot out of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Maybe it’s because of my general lack of knowledge on Hunter S. Thompson.

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2 Responses to A Visit to the Imaginarium

  1. vilajunkie says:

    Eh, I think Lily Cole is kind of creepy in that promotional poster.

    • Nathan says:

      I can see that. I like her, but she has kind of an other-worldly look that some might find creepy. I suppose it also depends on the picture, though.

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