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I realize that the last couple of Quickie Film Reviews were actually fairly long-winded so I’m gonna try to keep this appropriately short.  I simply loved this movie.  I was beginning to think that Terry Gilliam might be cursed or something.  We’ll unfortunately never get to see The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (the film suffered so many setbacks they eventually had to just abandon the project ), unhealthy and it seemed like this one might have also been scrapped following the death of Heath Ledger prior to its completion.  As luck would have it, Gilliam’s gamble of reworking the script a little to facilitate the use of three other actors (Johnny Depp, Jude Law, & Colin Farrell) to “fill in” for the late Ledger paid off BIG TIME.  It’s not quite as good as, say… The Fisher King or Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas but then again, what is?  I would say that this one is on par with The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen or possibly Time Bandits.  And speaking of little people, Verne Troyer turns in a surprisingly delightful performance as Doctor Parnassus’ assistant.  Seeing so much CGI as opposed to practical sets and effects in a Gilliam picture did take some getting used to, but after a little while I didn’t mind so much.  Dr. Parnassus’ daughter, actress Lily Cole, was stunningly beautiful while Christopher Plummer and Tom Waits delivered powerhouse performances as expected.

As for Heath Ledger…  He was pretty good.

If you’re a Gilliam fan, buy it.  Otherwise rent.