I've been looking forward The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus for a long, long time and last week I finally had the opportunity to watch it. Movies like this don't come around often - in fact, I could not compare it to any other film, except for maybe Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the Johnny Depp version) or Big Fish. This comparison is true if I think of the colours, the special world that was created, the omnipresent humour and the brilliant acting and directing. But it's not true because there is something else that makes this film special and that is solidarity, since this great picture could not be in teathers right now without the help of three A-list stars, Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell, who all decided to play a double-sided game: on one hand, they contributed with their talent and on the other hand, they agreed to somewhat hide in the dark as doubles for the late Heath Ledger, instead of being the major names on the cast list. And then, of course, there is Lily Cole, who was surprisingly good.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is something you'll remember for many time after seeing it - not particularly because of the story but because it's so out-of-earth, so rare that it eats itself under your skin and keeps returning in the mask of an emotion - an emotion filled with affection and heartache for a massive talent who could have become one of the greatest.