Anthony Lane Deems "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" Not Awesome

Crap. Anthony Lane’s review of Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus makes me sad. Because it is not a glowing rave, and I was really looking forward to this movie and wanted it to be good. I still want to see it. But this criticism, like so much of Lane’s writing, is very astute: “I have no idea… whether C.G.I. was the best or the worst thing that could have happened to Terry Gilliam. His gifts of invention were already so fecund, and so prolix, that this newfound ability to construct anything that drifts into his mind’s eye-as opposed to the ramshackle, hand-drawn delight of his earlier animation-spells both enchantment and chaos. He can follow any train of thought, so he does, and it’s no surprise when the trains run out of steam.”