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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

by

Jeff Nelson

The acting is superb...but the film as a whole is rather disappointing.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
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When there are so many terrific actors in a film, expectations for the film are high. This definitely is true when the cast contains is Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Christopher Plummer, and Colin Farrell.

When a deal with the devil comes due, the immortal Doctor Parnassus must renegotiate the pact to save his daughter. Now, with the help of his mystical theater group and a mysterious stranger, he must try to make up for the wrongs of his past. The story sounds quite interesting, but the script goes off topic so much it's hard to focus on the story. There are too many things happening at once and makes it difficult for the viewer to concentrate on the story. The dialogue is rather good, but the screenplay should have kept to the main story line.

As stated earlier, the cast is phenomenal and the performances are nothing short of that. Since Heath Ledger passed away, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell helped him complete the role. The change in appearances is transitioned well, isn't distracting and is almost not noticeable. Johnny Depp seems to fulfill the performance the best, though. The acting is superb and is about as close to perfect as it could get.

As soon as the film goes into Parnassus' world, the CGI turns onto overload. It's not meant to be realistic, but almost like a dream. It accomplishes just that and puts the viewer right in the middle of the insane world. The imagination used for it is incredible and comes to life well.

It's a shame that The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus isn't as good as the actors are. The film feels excruciatingly long and seems as if the film has so much going on at once, it forgets many things that happened previously in the film. There are a few plot holes and it does get predictable. The world of Parnassus is incredible, but doesn't justify a good movie. Unfortunately, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a disappointment.

My Rating = Three Stars

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