And so the curtain falls on Heath Ledgers' career. He had already made some iconic films and was destined to do more. Unfortunately his final bow was more of a whimper. This 'acid trip' of a movie combines messy story line with ridiculous, infuriating characters. As the curtain rose I was excited, but what followed was 2 hours of intended tension, which turned out to be tedious. The characters, particularly the young cockney stagehand on Parnassus' show, were irritating. While the ending was rushed, due to the decision to spend a great deal of the running time showing us a drunk Christopher Plummer and a ridiculously camp Devil. The idea of Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell playing Ledger's character 'Tony' in the imaginarium was intriguing, but as was this films' problem, the director, instead of ensuring a clever, imaginative spectacle, which we had all hoped for, delivers a muddle of the downright bizarre and horribly baffling. Gilliam had hoped to create a final masterpiece, worthy of the short career of the young Heath. Instead he decided to sacrifice a good, entertaining film, in place of something that was too preoccupied with making us scratch our heads and stare in wonderment, to the point where by the end we simply don't care what happens anymore........to anyone, particularly the eponymous 'hero', Parnassus. Sorry Heath. Curtain down.