The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

10 Feb

I just got home from a little independent movie theater showing “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.” This movie was positively fantastic. It was the movie Heath Ledger was filming when he died. He was in it a significant amount, however, the parts he didn’t finish, they pulled in Johnny Depp, Jude Law, & Colin Ferrell to finish. As odd as it sounds, it worked. & it worked oh-so well. You’ll have to see the movie to understand how this entire concept played out so fantastically.

It was said Heath Ledger really became the characters he portrayed in films while working on movies (not only on screen, but off screen as well). After he passed, it was stated by a few people close to him that he had really become this character of his in “Dr. Parnassus,” which is one of the reasons he started mixing so many drugs (to calm his nerves & help him sleep). He did an outstanding job in this movie;  however, it was very obvious to see how he got so wrapped up in his character. It was also a little creepy knowing that this was the role that lead him to his very unfortunate death.

With that sad fact aside, “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” was brilliant. The cinematography was great, the plot was great, the characters were amazing….etc etc. It’s one of the those movies that has a story underneath the actual story, you know? The plot of the movie was amazing, but when you actually dissect the movie, there’s a completely different story underneath what you’re actually given.

It’s a little hard to explain, because this movie was kind of out there. Just go see it, whenever you get a chance. It’s not playing in a lot of places, but if you have to drive a bit to get to it, it’s worth it.

Tomorrow night, I am going to see a special screening of “To Catch a Thief.” I love old movies- especially old movies starring Cary Grant & Grace Kelly.

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