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Don Juan DeMarco Reviews

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June 8, 2015
One of the most enjoyable movies I've seen.
½ December 11, 2014
With Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando headlining the film, Don Juan DeMarco sounded like a gathering of strong acting.

Don Juan Demarco is not a film like any other I have ever seen, for better and for worse. It is a romantic comedy, a fantasy film and a psychological drama all in one which focuses on the theme of love. It is a rather cheesy film but uses that in a thoroughly artistic sense which renders it a great film.
Don Juan DeMarco is a quirky tale, and that is both a positive and negative aspect of it. The film goes back and forth between the contemporary timeline relating to establishing the psychology of John Arnold DeMarco/Don Juan as well as the relationship between Dr. Jack Mickler and his wife Marilyn and the contextual storyline of what lead Don Juan DeMarco to become suicidal. There are three plots that run in the film without many of them having much depth to them. So in the narrative department, Don Juan DeMarco is not really that great. But the point of the film is that it is not supposed to be. The film is built simply on the concept of love against the backdrop of a fantasy playing out in the reality of a contemporary society and how the beliefs clash. It never really answers a lot of the questions that it asks, but as an exploration of romance and beauty, Don Juan DeMarco does the job just right. The lack of story in the film is justified simply by its spirit and energy, and while it may not be a groundbreaking film or one with that much of a story, it certainly benefits from the presence of Jeremy Leven as director.
The main thing that Jeremy Leven brings to Don Juan DeMarco is an incredible visual style. The scenery for the film is just wonderful and it makes the tale seem really legitimate, and it is all captured with wonderfully atmospheric cinematography which works to illuminate the colour of it all. The wonderful beauty of the versatile settings in Don Juan DeMarco is easily brought to life as well as the script, so he turns the story into the fantasy romantic comedy that it really cries out to be, letting it flourish into the eccentric and beautiful creation that it had the potential to exist as.
The soundtrack is also nice, with Brian Adams' Academy Award nominated song "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" being the high point of it all.
But the most impressive aspect of Don Juan DeMarco is just how much the cast are able to illuminate the screen in the feature.
Johnny Depp is a flawless casting decision for the role of the titular Don Juan DeMarco. Considered by many to be one of the sexiest men alive, he is a perfect fit for the role of real-life a sex god. He is perfectly seductive in the part due to his slick and natural sex appeal as well as his smooth line delivery. One of the central elements in the story of Don Juan Demarco is the titular character attempting to convince Dr. Jack Mickler that his fantastical tale of being the greatest lover of all time is factual, and with Johnny Depp's dedication to the genuine spirit of the character, he immensely succeeds at convincing audiences of it in the same way. Johnny Depp is able to capture the sleek sexiness necessary for the character and then add a level of sympathetic depth to it, transcending the potential stereotype of a Spanish sex symbol. Johnny Depp is at his sexiest in Don Juan Demarco without forgetting to put a likable and sympathetic spirit into the part, capturing a sense of dramatic depth as well as subtle comic charm to serve as an amalgamation of a lot of Johnny Depp's abilities as an actor. He turns Don Juan Demarco into a strong star vehicle for himself with seamless ease.
Marlon Brando is just excellent in Don Juan Demarco. For an actor considered to be one of the greatest male screen legends of all time famous for playing iconic character roles such as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather or Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, it is a nice change of pace to see him playing a more simple and down to earth role like the part of Dr. Jack Mickler in Don Juan DeMarco. With his performance being mainly anchored by the way he interacts with the surrounding cast, Marlon Brando is able to share a light and friendly chemistry with Johnny Depp while having a realistic and touching sense of interaction with Faye Dunaway. Marlon Brando's restrained performance capitalises on his ability to draw the strength out of relationships with other actors, doing his best and helping the other actors in doing the same. As much of the film is lighthearted, Marlon Brando plays the sensible moral compass of the story with a strong dedication to the dramatic aspects of the film. He makes Dr. Jack Mickler a touching and likable character through the most simple acting dedication, and it is a strong example of one of his final performances.
Faye Dunaway also delivers a nice effort. In her small but pivotal role, she plays the object of Marlon Brando's affections and delivers a likable effort as a woman on the receiving end of inspired romantic gestures. Her role is a simple and easygoing one which uses her most likable characteristics as a person which is great considering it is a nice contrast to her more intense and character focused roles that she is more iconic for. Faye Dunaway makes a strong duo with Marlon Brando and brings an effective touch of meaning to her role.

So while Don Juan DeMarco is short on story, it works as a colourful examination of love through a strong sense of style from director Jeremy Leven and wonderful performances from Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando who share a nice chemistry.
½ June 30, 2012
(First and only viewing - 6/15/2013)
July 15, 2014
Embarrassing to watch Brando in this role. The whole movie is corny and contrived and dumb.
April 22, 2014
It is an eye-catching and moving adventure, but the love scenes between the characters played by Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway kind of ruins the story at times. However, the great Johnny Depp really is a "real-life Don Juan" and that's what really makes this movie satisfying!
½ January 16, 2014
An interesting take on the myth of don Juan with a stellar cast for a film that unfortunately doesn't convince much. It's cheesy but somehow entertaining enough so you'll probably have a good time especially if you are a girl & a fan of Johnny Depp.
January 14, 2014
a good positive movie. A feel good flick
½ December 14, 2013
Enchanting romantic fantasy
July 31, 2006
Very believable that Depp could be Don Juan :) and a surprisingly super nice performance from Marlon Brando as the psychiatrist swept away by the romanticism of his patient. I was very surprised at how much I liked this movie.
½ August 18, 2013
Filme leve mas com interpretações de Brando e Depp com aquele nível q nos prende ao ecrã :)
½ July 9, 2013
Johnny Depp at his poster-boy best.
½ June 14, 2013
I am no Casanova. I am Don Juan.

After attempting to commit suicide, a strange young man is submitted to a psychiatric clinic in hopes of determining if he is in his right mind. Jack Mickler is a psychologist that is scheduled to retire in 10 days, the exact same amount of time the young man is scheduled to be evaluated before going in front of a judge. Dr. Mickler decides to take the case as his last case. The young man believes he is Don Juan Demarco, the great lover...and the more people that meet him, the more people that believe his story is true...

"I have slept with over 1,000 women. I turned 21 last Tuesday."

Jeremy Leven, director of Girl on a Bicycle, deliver Don Juan Demarco in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is very compelling and interesting. The plot actually reminded me of Life of Pi. The characters are so interesting and plot unfolds wonderfully. The case is awesome and includes Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Stephen Singer, Talisa Soto, and Rachel Ticotin.

"You were sold into slavery at a sultan's kingdom?"

Don Juan Demarco is a film I have wanted to see for ages. I honestly had never seen this picture despite being a fan of Brando and Depp. I will say this film was better than I anticipated. This film was so well written and comes together beautifully at the end. I strongly recommend seeing this picture and it may be worth adding to your DVD collection.

"Every woman is a mystery to be solved."

Grade: A
½ June 10, 2013
Iconoclastic acting by Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway elevate this likable comedy about love, illusion and delusion way above its inconsequential text.
½ June 4, 2013
Great performance by Depp.
June 2, 2013
he is bangin in this movie
½ May 23, 2013
i know a lot of people like this movie. however, i felt Don Juan was a casanova. does my heart have hardened? at least the ending tells he is such a romanticist. but morally n Biblically wrong!
½ May 20, 2013
A charming little jewel of a film but beware the PG-13 rating as it is still not appropriate for young teens in my opinion. Johnny Depp is fabulous in this as the poetic and mysterious Don Juan DeMarco.
September 21, 2007
Somewhat magical light-hearted comedy that manages to charm you away with a tad of cinematic depth, even though it has all the ingredients of an off-the-shelf made-for-girls rom com
½ April 3, 2012
I have to admit Johnny Depp is a good looking man. I can see why women all tend to find him irresistible. If you are insecure in your love life that I would recommend keeping your significant other from seeing Don Juan DeMarco as they will surely be thinking about him for days to come. Don Juan DeMarco is an interesting movie featuring two of America's greatest actors Johnny Depp and the late Marlon Brando sharing screen time in in a funny and thought provoking fashion. Depp is Don Juan a man who is brought to a mental hospital for trying to commit suicide. While the entire staff thinks he is crazy Dr. Jack Mickler (Brando) wants to hear more about how this young man believes he is the worlds greatest lover. The story has inklings of Don Quixote de la Mancha but does so in a modern and more relateable fashion. Don Juan's story is as believable as it is unbelievable which keeps the viewer guessing on whether he is insane or truly Don Juan. For the most part I hate endings that keep the viewer guessing but for this movie I would have preferred that approach as the ending really hampered the otherwise fantastic paradox...what is reality?
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