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“Doctor Parnassus,” and his theatre troupe go to random places and perform their act to try and enlighten people and cultivate their imaginations. Dr. Parnassus has made a deal with the devil many centuries ago for immortality. This was granted, until Dr. Parnassus had wanted to be immortal, and youthful and to have stronger powers to try and make a woman love him. This was granted as well, but at a cost. When his daughter turns 16, her soul will belong to the devils. Dr. Parnassus must use his traveling act to try and enlighten people in his imaginarium within a mirror. When people enter they are taken to a place that is designed from their minds. Within this place they were offered a choice. Those who did not choose correctly were taken by the devil himself, therefore not helping in Dr.Parnassus’ quest to save his daughters soul.
I was worried about this film, because of the hype around Heath Ledger. The hype around The Dark Knight was huge and overshadowed the movie. The Dark Knight was a good movie, but not as good as it was made out to me. I had expected this one to be the same. It was almost as if people has already forgotten about him. They choose to use this film as a remembrance of him. Not to be rude, but that is the only reason why people would speak highly of this film. They would say, it was his last work and he should be honoured for it. If only his last work was worth being honoured. They were only 1/3 through filming this movie at the time of Ledgers death. They replaced him with 3 fellow actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Collin Farrell. They twisted it to make it seem like he was going through these transformations as part of the imaginarium. This film was 2 hours long, and I fail to see where that time was used. I remember watching the clock for the last 30min for the movie. I did not like this film at all. Some parts made me laugh, but I don’t think they were meant to. The graphics were okay. It was to be a magical wonderland stretching the limits of visuals and imagination, but they were rather dull. I hate to say it, but I think this was a rather dreadful film and I do not recommend wasting your time on it.