March 26, 2010

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Release Date: April 27, 2010

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is the brainchild of monty python's Terry Gilliam and Charles McKeown.  Remember the Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality.

Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick. Valentina is now rapidly approaching this 'coming of age' milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate.

Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter's hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles - and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all..."

This was also Heath Ledger's last film.  He died a third of the way through the filming of the movie and and the writer's creatively recast Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Collin Ferrell portraying Tony (ledger's character) in  different transformations as he traveled through the dream world.    The movie also includes Andrew Garfield, Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Verne Troyer and Lily Cole. 

Forgive me from deviating from the book path, but sometimes a movie comes along that just sounds wild and imaginative and fun, plus has some great talent in it.  I'll be ordering it as soon as it is released.

What movies have sparked your interest lately that you just have to have?


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