Terry Gilliam’s imagination runs wild in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus.

Deals with the devil never really pan out, do they? When old Nick comes claiming his dues from old Dr Parnassus, the doc must enlist his travelling burlesque show for a race against time through a series of fantasy dreamscapes to get out of the mess. This film will no doubt be remembered for a posthumous performance by the late Heath Ledger, whose loss is made up by the trio of Hollywood hunks Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. But this is also a return to form by crackpot director Terry Gilliam. The former Monty Python animator conjures up some stunning visuals, even if his sense of drama and human relationships once again proves somewhat less acute.