I've already seen my first movie of 2010, and it was The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. It was definitely a great choice to kick off a new year! I'm not a huge Terry Gilliam fan either way, so I went in fairly unbiased but excited for a good yarn, dazzling images, and some good-to-great performances. Besides, I can't resist Tom Waits as the Devil. I was immensely impressed with all of the above, especially the eerily seamless way that Terry Gilliam and co-writer Charles McKeown managed to adjust the story and direction to fit the untimely death of Heath Ledger during filming with help from actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell, who stepped in to play Tony in different scenes. Naturally, Christopher Plummer was great, and Andrew Garfield (Boy A, the Red Riding trilogy) was also wonderful as the smitten Anton. And this was definitely Verne Troyer's best role yet.
I have a confession to make, though. Although I adore Lily Cole's heart-shaped face and flame-red hair on the runway, and her costumes looked fantastic, I had no idea that I would actually enjoy her performance. Or that her part would be more than just a pretty plot device to continue the banter between Mr. Nick (Waits) and Parnassus. I was horribly wrong. I know she was in St. Trinian's, which, despite my best intentions, I had to turn off after half an hour, and I haven't caught Rage, so I didn't know much else about her other than her more visible assets. As the kids say, my bad.