Terry Gilliam is fascinated by the power of the imagination. In Brazil he presents a Hollywood happy ending that only exists within the protagonist’s unconscious mind. With Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, he shows us what the imagination can turn the real world into when under the influence of heavy hallucinogens. With the Fisher King a catatonic homeless man played by Robin Williams hallucinates attacks from a dark knight. In 2005′s Tideland, a young girl uses her imagination to escape the horrors of her own life. Now with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Terry Gilliam once again explores the imagination to its most convoluted and perverse depths. This may be his most surreal work to date. Read more…
Throughout his career, Terry Gilliam has been met with polarized responses; he has been applauded for his distinctly imaginative visual style while being criticized for the lack of cohesive plot structures within his films. He has inspired a legion of cult fans that ritualistically watch Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen while enduring many critical and box office failures. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus will surely continue this trend of divisiveness.
By Tim Morrison and Kevin Wetmore
A return to form by Terry Gilliam, Wim Wenders, John Carpenter and Francis Ford Coppola- These once great directors have all lost their way. Coppola has shown some signs of life with Tetro and Youth Without Youth, now lets try to match Apocalypse Now. As for Gilliam, we are excited to see The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, I wish Gilliam would stay away from the CGI stuff though. Here’s to hoping he finally makes The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, as he hinted he may. John Carpenter should reunite with Kurt Russell and create one more example of genre-film badassery. As for Wenders, the great German new wave artist may sadly be a lost cause. -KW