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Dr. Parnassus has been gambling with the devil, Mr. Nick for centuries. He made a deal with the devil when he met his one true love, giving his daughter to Mr. Nick when she reached her 16th birthday. Now Mr. Nick is coming to take her. Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter.
Adventure Fantasy Mystery - This is a weird, effects-heavy fantasy for fans of director Terry
Gilliam's surreal style. Fans of the stars who fill in for the late
Heath Ledger at various points (Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin
Farrell) may be disappointed by their limited screen time. The film
may be too intense for young children.
PROFANITY: 6 S-words, 1 GD, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Hits and punches. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: A big chase. COMEDY: Quirky physical humor, sight gags, and banter.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average The movie suffers from uneven pacing, with the first half dragging before things pick up for the imaginative second portion. The narrative is also somewhat thin,...
USA TodayFull Review Good Imaginarium may spin at times into bewildering territory, but it's still an inspired adventure.
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Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others,
Doctor Parnassus (Christopher
Plummer) is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler,
thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick (Tom Waits), in which
he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr.
Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for
youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she
would become the property of Mr Nick.
Valentina (Lily Cole) is now rapidly approaching this ‘coming of age' milestone and
Dr. Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr.
Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the
wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever
seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and
compelling characters in his journey, Dr. Parnassus promises his
daughter's hand in marriage to the man that helps him win.
In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against
time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending
landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once
and for all!