Last night my eyes were treated to meal of imagery that will feed my dreams for a while to come. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, directed by Terry Gilliam is full of wonderful weirdness and visual ideas that defy description with some Monty Pythonesque silliness (policeman in drag chorus/dance number among others) in the mix. On the whole a frantic display of interesting writing and fine acting, though at times the story gets a little lost in the exuberance, with some effective and strange cameo performances from Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farell as Heath Ledger‘s stand ins. It is amazing how similar they seem here. Johnny Depp is most captivating in his pass as the beguiling conman.Tom Waits makes the devil come to life as creepy, cynical and blackly humorous Mr. Nick. Christopher Plummer and the rest of the cast are all very capable and well suited to their parts.
Most of all the splendor of the vision is the driving force in this movie. It is eye candy in its most glorious incarnation. Terry Gilliam is the master of the dream show. The devil walking on cloud stairs and mile high split ladder stilts. Amazing!