15 January 2010

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus *

Sloppy in a familiar way -- think Munchausen and Time Bandits and, hell, parts of Brazil -- and told so earnestly you can't help but admire it. The world is appealing, the characters interesting, but the story feels weak and unfocused. None of which is because of (or improved by) Heath Ledger's midshoot recasting. This and Tideland would make an excellent and telling double-feature, for understanding Terry Gilliam's worldview/philosophy.

Seen at Cinema 21.

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