Film #136: THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
3 out of 5 stars
Another rewatch! There’s no denying the fact that director/writer Terry Gilliam is an imaginative guy. Visually, his films are feasts for the eyes and the brain. Sometimes though… his storytelling can be long-winded and a little self-indulgent. DR PARNASSUS lies somewhere in between those two things. Visually stunning and highly creative, but there is easily 30 minutes of the story that could have EASILY been cut. In the end though, the journey is worthwhile and serves to shed light on both the audience’s sense of self, but also on Gilliam. Acting is top flight. Direction competent and assured. Sets, costumes, and production design… well, come on, it’s a goddam Terry Gilliam film! Gilliam is effortlessly what Tim Burton wishes he could be. The film is TOTALLY worth the rental. I’m just waiting for the project that perfectly marries Gilliam’s visual style with a more solid story.