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.