November 9, 2009


The US Poster for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has finally arrived and it’s…not bad.  I guess when you see a movie with Imaginarium in the title, you expect it to be more imaginative, like this poster.  It’s no big deal but it does continue the campaign to make Heath Ledger the focal point of the film.  I don’t want to say it’s getting borderline-crass but it as at the point where I’m expecting the tagline “Heath Ledger’s Last Film Ever!”

Still, it’s better than the first poster for Broken Lizard’s upcoming film The Slammin’ Salmon.  Granted, there’s never been a spectacular poster for a Broken Lizard film.  In fact, they all seem to look like the same folks who design the covers of direct-to-video comedies.  BL’s movies certainly have broad humor but I feel like it’s the little jokes which make them work so well.  I also feel that a poster which highlighted a little joke but one no one would understand without seeing the film movie could be more effective.  I think the average moviegoer would be intrigued if they saw a poster with a naked Kevin Heffernan, his hands in front of his junk, covered in a white powder and then just the quote: “The lice hate the sugar.”  I’m afraid folks are going to see this poster and just write off the film.  That’s unfortunate because I think they have a unique brand of comedy that adds something to mainstream movies.  But hit the jump for both posters and perhaps you’ll like them more than I do.


Click here to see the poster for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus embiggened.

For those just tuning in, here’s a brief synopsis:

Dr. Parnassus has the extraordinary gift of inspiring the imaginations of others. Helped by his traveling theatre troupe, including his sarcastic and cynical sidekick Percy and versatile young player Anton, Parnassus offers audience members the chance to transcend mundane reality by passing through a magical mirror into a fantastic universe of limitless imagination. However, Parnassus’ magic comes at a price. For centuries he’s been gambling with the devil, Mr. Nick who is coming to collect his prize — Parnassus’ precious daughter, Valentina on her upcoming 16th birthday. Oblivious to her rapidly approaching fate, Valentina falls for Tony, a charming outsider with motives of his own. In order to save his daughter and redeem himself, Parnassus makes one final bet with Mr. Nick, which sends Tony and Valentina and the entire theatre troupe on a ride of twists and turns, in and out of London and the Imaginarium’s spectacular landscape.


For those just tuning in, here’s a brief synopsis:

Cleon, a restaurant owner and former heavyweight boxing champion, pits his wait staff against each other in a brutal competition in order to pay-off a debt and save his restaurant.

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