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Don Juan DeMarco Reviews

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January 15, 2017
A story about modern day Don Juan, enriched by brillian cast of Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway. The story itself, although trying to be enigmatic and mysterious, doesn't excite as much as one could expect.
½ December 31, 2016
Interesting and what felt like a rare concept. A pretty unique story about a man from Mexico desperate for absolutely nothing but love who is looked after by a retiring psychiatrist. The psychiatrist loses himself in what the "lovable" man has to say and soon changes his own life instead of the patients. It's a more beauty-themed romantic adventure set during a modern era. Depp expresses his character smoothly and in much of a lovely way that couldn't be all that described. A good relaxing drama overall.
½ December 24, 2016
He who says every woman is a mystery to be solved.

One of the earliest films for Johnny Depp and very surprising. Thematically, the film is for the grown ups, but well made without too much sexual exploit. That means you can comfortably sit and watch with your family. This is not actually about Don Juan, but kind of 'The Fall'. I mean the flashback reveals everything and remains as a mystery.

The story follows a man who himself declares the real Don Juan DeMarco, the greatest lover of the world. So he ends in a psychiatric centre for the treatment after trying to commit suicide. A doctor who is on the verge to retire set to treat him and when the DeMarco narrates his life story, the doctor too inspires to reinstate his romantic life. The remaining narration tells how they work out to solve the issue once for all.

Not a masterpiece, but kind of interesting drama, particularly for how the film characters were drawn. And the story was built cleverly, till the final scene by giving out the viewers a positive message that worth living life to love and to be loved. So if you opt it for the title, not a bad choice, since the theme remains about the love, even the person you are looking for is not present. More like it is a metaphor, when it comes to the real Don Juan and the one in this film. Like people say god is everywhere, the love is as well and so the version/personality of Don Juan in every person.

Johnny Depp was so good, an ideal person to play the title role. Marlon Brando was too great, in a simple way. The rest of the cast was not bad, but the entire film focused on these two than anybody else. It's been nearly 25 years since it came out, but I feel a remake would be not a bad idea with changes in the script. Todays writer and directors are clever at doing that, but it should come from a big banner with big names. Maybe Johnny Deep to play the doctor in the modern version. I hope some filmmakers read this and consider that. Meanwhile, it is a worthy film, so it a try.

7/10
September 16, 2016
I realize that I gave this too many marks, but if there's anything I have realized about cinema, it can best be said by a line that I watched, performed by Jean-Louis Trintignant, where he stated (and I paraphrase), something like, 'I can't remember the movie, but I can recall my feelings', and that sums up nicely why I feel the way I do about the movie. It's an interesting idea acted well by very good actors (a lot of people dismiss Marlon Brando's work here, but I don't think it's that bad, honestly). If anything, the problem here is the movie doesn't know where to go after it's decent start.
June 8, 2015
One of the most enjoyable movies I've seen.
March 22, 2015
please take back and exchange for a different one
½ December 28, 2014
Everyone should see this movie!
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.
December 6, 2014
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September 21, 2014
didnt want this movie and can't get rid of either cannot remove from my list
½ August 4, 2014
(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
I LIKE THIS MOVIE!!!!
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!
March 9, 2014
This will make you think about your own life.
March 8, 2014
thanks for the freebie, flixster. the first few you gave me were shit, but I remember liking this one a lot!
February 25, 2014
The cas is simply inspirational
January 31, 2014
Jesus :-) I love you yes I no
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.
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