Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The Marvabulous Cinegrobulations of Terry Gilliam

It does sadden me that Terry Gilliam is such a flawed filmmaker. Stunning visuals, endless imagination - but absolutely no sense of pacing or dramatic tension, rendering most of his films eye-popping yet tedious.

And so my heart sank yet again when I saw that his latest (and Heath Ledger’s last) film sags under the title The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Oh dear, such a clunk of leaden whimsy. Like Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

As ever, The Simpsons nailed this one, when Troy McClure blows a rare run of success by agreeing to star in a movie called The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel.

Which, of course, flops. Specfabulously.


worm said...

yes Gilliam's films are normally pretty hit and miss, also I feel the same about Tim Burton's stuff

There's a great grand-guignol Dr Zeuss children's film 'The 5000 fingers of dr T' which is worth seeking out on youtube if you havn't already seen it

worm said...