Heath Ledger will always be remembered as the Joker or a gay cowboy, but his last role was a charity worker being hunted by the Russian mob in Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. A film that he did not live to finish. Johnny Depp and Jude Law stood in his absence and finished this sprawling adventure of a film for him.
So why am I writing about movies now? Well, I’m not. I love movies and all, but I usually don’t see them until they arrive from NetFlix. I just can’t stay current, so I wouldn’t be much use to you. But this film is different, because Tom Waits plays the Devil. And I will pretty much write about anything Tom Waits does.
Tom has been in quite a few movies. He was Renfield in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He played small roles in The Fisher King, Mystery Men, Iron Weed and others. He showed up as himself, with Iggy Pop, in Coffee & Cigarettes. But not since Jim Jarmusch‘s other film, Down By Law, has he played a role so perfect for him.
The cinematography in Parnassus is pretty amazing and the story is interesting, but it is all over the place. If it weren’t for Tom‘s Devil holding it together, I probably wouldn’t have like this movie as much. He is a sarcastic Devil; he is funny, he is witty, he is aggravating…he is Tom Waits! If you are a fan, or at least a fan of Terry Gilliam or Heath Ledger, I can recommend this movie.
The Imginarium of Doctor Parnassus trailer (via youtube)