Imagining Immortality. Heath, Forever!

Nothing is permanent, not even death.

“Can you put a price on your dreams?

Heath Ledger as Tony in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, 2009.

A film adaptation of the story of people served with two choices: the good and the evil. To which fate do they think handing themselves into would be best?

Christopher Plummer gives light to Doctor Parnassus, an immortal character, caught in a battle between the devil over a bet. In my head, I was aware that it was the same actor who played Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 classic, Oscar Best Picture, The Sound Of Music; however, it was a different man I knew my eyes were watching on the screen, an old man, took time to gather his strength to play a former monk, the star of a traveling circus-like show.

Posthumously awarded an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, the year before this film’s release, the late great Heath Ledger gives life to Tony, the hanging man, they thought at first. With a mysterious past, Tony engaged himself in on an adventure with the Doctor and its crew, involving himself to the wonderful lives interconnected by beliefs and imagination. A little-less-darker side of Heath, if compared to his portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight, the fifth highest grossing film of all time, Ledger was able to prove the world that a little element of comedy added with mystery can rise a leading man.

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Being Heath Ledger’s unfinished last film before his sad loss, he was replaced by 3 Hollywood A-Listers, filling in on the character of Tony: 3-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp, 2-time Oscar nominee Jude Law, and Golden Globe winner Colin Farrel. They have all embodied the character of Tony in different scenes, scenarios, and redundant it may seem, different characters. It’s really amazing watching three empire actors, leading men stepping on the scene for less than 10minutes on. These guys are just professionals.

What’s impeccable about this movie is how director Terry Gilliam executed the embodiment of the 3 actors playing Tony so subtle that you would think it was totally part of the script.

This film is a wonder. You have to watch it on the big screen, watch it right away so you would understand.

Hats off to, again, Mr. Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Tom Waits, Andrew Garfield, and the bet, Lily Cole.

In memory of Heath Ledger.

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~ by ardenkhan on 22/01/2010.

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