Saturday, July 9, 2016

Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

IMDb plot summary: A psychiatrist must cure a young patient that presents himself as Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world.
Directed by Jeremy Leven. Starring Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, and GĂ©raldine Pailhas.

I can see what this movie was trying to do. It was very reminiscent of The Fisher King, one of my favorite movies, but this one isn't nearly as good. For one thing, it never believably draws the connection between Don Juan deMarco's stories and the psychiatrist's responses in his personal life. Don Juan's story is not a glorious ode to female pleasure as much as it is just boasting about his incredible magnetism, and those storytelling portions are not nearly compelling enough to convince me that they meant anything to the psychiatrist. The magic the movie is trying to capture just doesn't come through, and as a result, the ambigious reality-or-fantasy tone is frustrating rather than freeing. It's not nearly as charming as it thinks it is. That's the risk you run when you try to make this kind of movie. The audience has to be 100% with you, and it just didn't happen for me here.

1 star.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Don Juan DeMarco < Good Morning, Vietnam
Don Juan DeMarco < Mickey Blue Eyes
Don Juan DeMarco > The Good German
Don Juan DeMarco > Detour
Don Juan DeMarco > Thor: The Dark World
Don Juan DeMarco > The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Don Juan DeMarco < Treasure Planet
Don Juan DeMarco < Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Don Juan DeMarco > The Good Doctor
Don Juan DeMarco < Dr. Seuss on the Loose

Final spot: #1891 out of 2477.

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