Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Challenge #27

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fairy tale, and as all fairy tales do, there is a horror element. Throw in Terry Gilliam and you get a touching story where a happy ending is by no means assured. There is a big cast; Christopher Plummer in the titular role, Tom Waits as The Devil, Heath Ledger, Lily Cole, Verne Troyer, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Collin Farrell round out the cast.

Now, this is mostly a fantasy Doctor Parnassus has made wagers with The Devil, and things are coming to a head when he and his troupe come upon a hanged Heath Ledger who is remarkably alive, but unaware of who or where he is. Parnassus has to collect five souls before his daughter (Lily Cole) reaches her sixteenth birthday.

In all, it is a good movie. I imagine getting around one of your lead actors dying is no picnic, fortunately it is handled well. Waits is great as the devil, and steals the movie whenever he appears. It is also fun picking out Gilliam standards, like the swinging rope rescue that screamed Time Bandits. It maybe was not so much horror as we might want for Halloween, but it has a lot of terrifying moments.

Verdict: Enjoyable, but not my favorite Gilliam work.


Witchblade turned anime is my first experience with the character. Now, I only watched three of the twenty-four episodes on Netflix, but I can tell you it is slightly less horror than sci-fi, though in typical anime fashion, even the robots have the creepy-rapey thing going on, and the Witchblade is an entity of sorts that controls its wielder.

Verdict: Not bad, but fairly typical anime.

2 comments:

Lisa said...

Parnassus was such a letdown for me. I really looked forward to it, but one could literally see how they feared of not finding an ending to the movie/story, because it fell apart towards the end- and said ending came very fast, also. And there wasn't enough explanation to some happenings. I understand that it can be a bit difficult when the lead-actor dies, but this movie had so much potential.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Agreed.

SPOILER

It seemed like they figured as soon as you saw Collin Farrell you'd think, "he plays a real bastard, so I guess Tony is a bastard?" They did not really let Tony being a bastard creep up on you, it just kind of happened.

If it was not for Tom Waits I might have quit watching. That and because I love the look of Gilliam's films, but I could have just watched The Fisher King or Time Bandits... or Munchhausen, or 12 Monkeys, etc, etc ;-)

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