“In the present day, immortal 1,000-year-old Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) leads a traveling theater troupe that offers audience members a chance to go beyond reality through a magical mirror in his possession. Members of the troupe include a sleight of hand expert, Anton (Andrew Garfield), and a dwarf, Percy (Verne Troyer), Parnassus had been able to guide the imagination of others through a deal with the Devil (Waits), who now comes to collect on the arrangement, targeting the doctor’s daughter (Lily Cole). The troupe, which is joined by a mysterious outsider named Tony (portrayed by Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell), embark through parallel worlds to rescue the girl.”
Terry Gilliam’s latest film was a reflection of everything I love about the human condition. The journey of the Soul in search of dreams, through the illusions and the eternal struggle with the Devil was woven beautifully into this epic film. I am so greatful to have seen this come to life as it was nearly scrapped after the untimely death of the talented late Heath Ledger a third of the way into the films production.