When a deal with the devil comes due, the immortal Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) must renegotiate the pact to save his daughter. Now, with the help of his mystical theater troupe and a mysterious stranger, Parnassus attempts to right the wrongs of his past. Terry Gilliam’s quirky fantasy marks Heath Ledger’s final film, with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law stepping in to complete his pivotal role. (Netflix)
On the surface, this movie is a fantasy retelling of the good ol’ Doctor Faustus tale. What this movie has that is different though, is imagination (no pun intended). Not going to lie, it takes a little while to figure out what in the hell is going on, but once you do, the rest of the movie flies by. Acting is great all around. Loved Andrew Garfield as lovestruck Anton and Verne Troyer as Percy. Overall, and not surprisingly, the ensemble of Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell as Tony really make this movie. I say ensemble because the transitions between the four actors is really seamless. The rewrites they did (making Tony change appearance whenever he enters the mirror/imaginarium) made it seem like it was meant to be that way all along. I will say though, that Jude Law’s change is not as justified as Johnny Depp’s and Colin Farrell’s, but suspension of disbelief right? I really give credit to Terry Gilliam and his cast and crew for continuing to tell the story after Heath Ledger’s death. That is the main moral of the movie, that storytelling is what makes the world go round, and without it, we would be non-existent. A very important message to portray. The imagery in this movie is simply amazing. The different trips into the mirror are visually amazing and a lot of fun to watch. So overall, a really enjoyable movie to watch. Yes, confusing at times, but a good sci-fi/fantasy overall.