Ditzy, fumbling effort by Gilliam that starts with a basic premise: the head of a theater troupe (Christopher Plummer) making a deal with the devil (Tom Waits) ... and then it just explodes (literally, figuratively, unfortunately). Gilliam and co-screenwriter Charles McKeown do a fine job of working around the fact that Mr. Heath Ledger passed away before shooting was completed - leaving the likes of Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to step in 'as' Ledger - and even without knowing anything about the troubled production background the mixture of talents 'works' in context (it is a dream movie, after all). However, what the screenwriters should be faulted for is turning this into a maximalist jumble of ideas and costumes and digital sets - it's one thing to have a plethora of images and ideas in one's head and another to lay them out in a coherent manner: this is the third film from the '00s by Gilliam (followed by the mediocre Brothers Grimm and Tideland) that's overblown and tough to relate to on any meaningful level.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Director: Terry Gilliam
Year Released: 2009