The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009)
Writer: Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Heath Ledger, Andrew Garfield, Verne Troyer
uhhhhhhhhh. good vs. evil in the form of a monk with an imaginarium and the devil influencing and making pacts.
This is definitely a better example of Gilliam than his last movie with so many stars (which actually also included Heath Ledger, interestingly). That means that it's quite specific about its approach, and go fuck yourself. I appreciate that sentiment, and I appreciated this movie at that meta level.
Beyond that, it's a little tenuous for me. I didn't really get myself too invested in the characters or their situations, not least because it seems to me that the Doctor could have had a much easier time--and saved more people from the devil (and may I just say that Tom Waits' hit-to-miss ratio is far above average)--if he had modernized his approach just a little bit. There were too many little pieces moving around, both in backstory and in actual characters, and not enough clinking.
this was way too manic for me. it was like watching an entire movie of robin williams in the fisher king in his most ranty, excited self, playing all the parts at once. i also didn't really understand the ending. i get it in the big picture, but i don't understand the details. the imaginarium was very gilliam. with the giant plummer heads and such. i kind of wish he stuck to animating them instead of using new fangled technology. it was very reminiscent of the monty python animations so why not embrace it as such and do it full retro. we're all making the connection anyway. yet another meh.