In light of the movies release in a few days…
I thought I’d look back at the rollercoaster ride the creation of this movie has been.
Firstly, with the sudden death of Heath Ledger many a great movie was put on hold or cancelled, one being the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus directed by my favourite, Terry Gilliam. This was on the back of another Gilliam movie falling through, the The Man who killed Don Quixote (which I’m pleased to see is now in pre-production).
Then, a group of friends got together to finish what their mate had started. This would be a cool story if they were just finishing a house or restoring a car. But Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farell finishing the work that their mate Heath started is tear jerking gold.
“Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.” Marian Wright Edelman once said and I think that Terry and all those who have been on the Imaginarium journey with him can well and truly say they own this movie. But, at least a small part can surely belong to those of us who have followed the journey, feeling the pain of loss and the joy of realisation and fulfillment. Those who can empathise with the loss of a friend and the satisfaction of having made a difference. Maybe I don’t feel entitled, but privledged to have been along for the ride.
Looking forward to seeing you at the movies!