Saturday, November 9, 2013

DON JUAN DEMARCO (1994)

DON JUAN DEMARCO is a delightful, little movie with two interesting main characters.  One is a young man (Johnny Depp) who thinks that he is a direct descendent of the legendary (and fictional) Don Juan is committed to an mental institution for a 10-day review after he tries to commit suicide.  The other is his doctor, Marlon Brando.  Brando is very close to retirement and kinda of depressed about his career coming to an end, but once he gets to hanging around Depp and listening to all of his fantastical stories about being raised and a small Mexican village and all of his sexual conquests he starts to see the true beauty in life.

I really enjoyed the idea of DJD.  The first hour was great, but towards the end it kinda runs out of steam.  Even with the disappointingly "Ehhh." ending it's still a nice film to watch on a rainy afternoon.  Good acting by Depp, Brando looking like he weighs about 500 pounds, Bryan Adams' "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?", Faye Dunaway kind of wasted with a forgettable role, plenty of smiles.  I'm not a 100% sure why, but for some reason this film reminds me of HARVEY.