I want to love Terry Gilliam's films. They have everything: Quirky characters, witty bon mots, unique story lines, and interesting sets. Still, every time I sit down to watch, I find that I just... don't. Until now.
The truth is, of course, I am going to be biased towards anything with the word "imaginarium" in the title. Disregarding that for the moment, I have to tell you: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnanssus is just gorgeous. It is everything that I have ever wanted in a Gilliam film, and have never been given. I may never forgive myself for missing it in Theaters. The set and costumes are so fantastic and multilayered that it is a small miracle that they don't overpower the characters. Plus, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell, all playing the same character. Can we just stop and think about that for a moment.
Ok, now that we are done with that. It is safe to say that even the 4 in 1 mysterious stranger did not diminish the other characters who were so mesmerizing as to appear larger than life even on my small screen.
This one is making the list.