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Very very disappointed with this Gilliam movie. The main problem is the story - it's completely incoherent, and the script rambles on hither and thither. It is quite infuriating. I think the performances... Read more are affected by this - none of them stand out, they all seem to be trying to figure out what the heck is going on.
Christopher Plummer manages to give a poignant portrayal of Dr. Parnassus.
But really - the whole thing is a disjointed mess. There is one cringe-inducing pure Monty Python number.
I think Gilliam is best when he lets other people write the story, and just concentrates on the imaginative side and visuals.
I can honestly say this was one of the worst films i have seen in a long time...it had no story line, i watched till i thought it would get better but it never did.
Weird, weird weird... only way to explain this movie. Watched it because it had Johnny Depp in it! But he only made a brief appearance! Don't think I hated it, but wouldn't recommend it.
Terry Gilliams makes Baron Munchausen again - this time making some money out of it thanks to the untimely death of the then-red-hot Heath Ledger. The film is about a magical monk's pact with the devil... Read more and an 'imaginarium' where people are tempted with either good or bad in their fantasy utopia - standard Gilliam fairy-story whimsy really - but at least kind of original. For the first hour I was actually quite taken with the film. As usual it looked great and I was genuinely interested and what the hell was going on (Tom Waits as the devil - cool!). Sadly once the CGI Imaginarium takes over (as do the Heath Ledger standins) it kind of lost its way. In one scene a lame Monty-Python-esque musical number breaks out which left me bewildered and sad. All in all definitely worth watching if you are a Gilliam fan like me hoping he will one day make a great film again. This isn't it but it is closer than he has been since 12 Monkeys.
I would like to add my negative vote to others against this rambling, disappointing film. Such a good cast, sometimes dazzling sets, and yet the film is so boring and pretentious. I don't recommend it!
Because the visual effects scenes are so good it makes the "normal" life scenes a bit flat at times - but these still feature Christopher Plummer and Tom Waits.
I was actually quite disappointed with this movie, especially after seeing all the hype about it, being Heath Ledger's last movie. I honestly think that maybe he would have been better off going out... Read more with something more meatier, and a fitting tribute to someone who played the Joker so well.
I would recommend this movie if only for the visuals. The dreamlike quality of Willy Wonker meets Tim Burton meets Monty Python. Also if you're hankering for a bit of eye candy the four main actors involved won't disappoint.
This is an interesting film, you'll like it or not.
I suggest watching it yourself and ignoring reviews, since it will come down to personal taste. It's worth taking the chance on this one, I... Read more personally enjoyed it...it's good, but could have been brilliant.
Monty Python meets Moulin Rouge. Burlesque fun and madness! Story is lacking but the visuals make up for it.