Why Heath Ledger’s Last Movie Was His Worst

Recently we reported a new trailer for the upcoming Robin Williams movie, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas. Click here to watch the flat, unfunny trailer. With it being release posthumously – after his passing – it is sad that the trailer seems to show us a thin holiday movie we’ve seen too many times before.

Heath Ledger is another victim of the crushingly bad posthumous movie. Ledger wove his way into the hearts and minds of moviegoers in a cruelly short career before passing away in 2008. His most famous role was released posthumously, as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Needless to say the movie was unforgettable, the performance was even better.

It’s easy to forget that another posthumous Ledger movie, his last movie, was released a whole year later, and that it was an absolute sham. The movie was The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. 

Ledger died halfway through filming, leading director (and ex-Monty Python) Terry Gilliam to seek help from his A-List friends including Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp to complete the role using a script edit taking advantage of the split-world nature of the story.

Parnassus

It seems the movie would have been a crushing bore had it included Ledger till the end or not. It drags along aimlessly and without clarification, carrying the leaden weight of visual experimentation to the point of nausea. The issues on show are not ones caused by the loss of Ledger alone, they are problems that lay deep in the drafts of the screenplay.

Imaginarium is a splash of dirt on what could have been a justifiably perfect end to Ledger’s career, amidst the horrible and abrupt end to his life. Watch the trailer below. Trust that it only marginally conveys the interminable nature of the movie.

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