18 November 2013

Don Juan DeMarco

Don Juan DeMarco 1995
  • Director: Jeremy Leven
  • Based on book: no.
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Geraldine Pailhas, Bob Dishy, Rachel Ticotin, Talisa Soto, Marita Geraghty, Tresa Hughes
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Ninth Gate, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Marlon Brando – Apocolypse, Superman, Reflections in a Golden Eye, The Young Lions, Tea House of the August Moon, On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wild One, Julius Caesar
    • Faye Dunaway  – Arizona Dream, Voyage of the Damned, Network, The Towering Inferno, Chinatown, Little Big Man, Bonnie and Clyde
    • Why? Johnny Depp. Tenth movie of JD marathon.
    • Seen: Three times.  Now: November 15, 2013.

      For those of you (us) waiting impatiently for JD to play a romantic lead – oh my goodness. It was so worth waiting for.  The story is so ridiculous it makes Sleeping Beauty look positively realistic but it’s oh so…so…sweet and believable. And funny.  And touching.  And I believe every word that falls from the delectable sultry lusting and loving lips of Don Juan.
       Of course he’s stark raving mad, but who cares?  Certainly not his psychiatrist who gets all fired up in his comfortable aging marriage. Or all the nurses in the mental hospital to which he had been taken as a suicide risk.
       JD is so gorgeous it’s absurd but he’s still his vulnerable Edward Scissorhands/ Gilbert Grape self. The whole film exaggerates gender stereotypes to the point of parody – on purpose I assume – but it’s not offensive, it’s just adorable.
       The truth, when it comes, is a little sad and JD is, if possible, even more gorgeous as a normal kid from Queens.  It should have stopped there.
       But romance triumphs and the film ends on a note that’s just too saccharine.  Actually I don’t like romantic movies.
       But oh, is he gorgeous.

3 ½  * of 5

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