Dr. Parnassus is an immortal who travels
in his big oversized horse-drawn wagon putting on magic shows,
assisted by his daughter and two other assistants.
The Dr .'s immortality is due to a deal
he made with the devil, that his daughter's soul belongs to him
on her 16th birthday.
This film is visually stunning throughout,
and the sets and costumes are on the same level.
Plus all the actors do their jobs well.
I'm sure it will divide both audiences
and critics alike, but there's enough music, magic, and glitter
to win me over.
Terry Gilliam's bizarre visuals are once
again the attraction in this weird tale of a traveling carnival
and its cursed leader.
Heath Ledger's last film is filled with
both the sad song of human frailty and the bittersweet taste
of unrequited love as people pass through the looking-glass to
discover their true nature.
It's a soul-searching scavenger hunt as
Dr. P. races against time and the devil to save his daughter
and -- just maybe -- himself.
I thought this fantasy/adventure felt unfinished
when the lead actor passed away about half-way to being completed.
Whatever idea the writer/director had for
this film, unfortunately, died along with Oscar-winner Heath
Sadly, because of circumstances beyond
his control, the filmmaker has neither the plot nor the straight-forward
pace necessary to make it successful without the deceased super-star
of the movie, in my view.