Don Juan Demarco Review
wanted to begin this
review with a slant on how Don Juan Demarco is that rare
the rule; a genuinely surprising and satisfying romantic comedy. But
affecting and whimsical to merely be referred to alongside the likes of
like Fool's Gold (2008), Alex and Emma (2003), and Failure
Launch (2006). Okay, so I technically just did exactly that anyway.
least you got the point. Theoretically, that is.
uses some fantastic elements
of the classic story of Don Juan and integrates these aspects into a
setting with Johnny Depp playing a young impassioned lover who is
confused in so
many ways: 1) he thinks he's Don Juan and 2) he's wearing a
Luckily, this aloof bumblebee is given some therapeutic (i.e. therapy)
with the great Marlon Brando! Alright, if you insist on getting down to
nitty-gritty technical aspects of understanding Don Juan Demarco,
actors also have character names: Depp plays the greatest lover on
John Arnold Demarco) and Brando performs as the fantastic or overrated
Mickler. Personally, given the situation, I thought he was underrated.
suppose that's up to each viewer. Faye Dunaway continues to be aces with the
role of Dr. Mickler's wife. Dunaway's
always been an actress of incredible range, depth, and beauty.
have to hand it to
Jeremy Leven: As writer-director of the cult-smash favorite Don
Leven created a beautiful film that manages to be as whimsical as it is
The romantic-film genre has often been plagued with a number of
disappointments, especially in regards to the so-called sub-genre known
"romantic-comedy". Don Juan Demarco is perhaps one of the
examples of a film that manages to fit nicely within that genre while
to also avoid the looming pitfalls that are typically associated: such
know, being so unfunny that you start to wonder why said film was ever
conceived of as a comedy, especially with no visible chemistry between
leads. Something remotely comparable
to that, I'd say.
romantic-comedies can be amongst the best films ever made. It is a
has in so many ways received a bad-wrap mainly because of the
the market with the "weekly-date-movies" that don't have as high of an
Sometimes studios and filmmakers just want your ten bucks on a
outing with that new someone-special. Other times, you've actually been
a magical access to some of the most beloved romantic films ever.
a matter of priority with the behind-the-scenes folks. Luckily, Don
Demarco winds up being on the
good-list with care, compassion, and enthusiastic spirit bolstering
already contained fantabulous performances, excellence direction, and
scope. It's an entertaining and grand time at the
parade. Ahem: I'll have tickets for two, please!
something that so often leads to comedic elements in cinema,
Isn't it so much better when you find a beautifully-spirited film with
side-helping of whimsy than to experience a typical and mundane
film attempting to be successful crossing off the set number of
one of those hopefully imaginary "Hollywood-approved
"or "stamped and ready" lists? Come
on, you know it is. Of course it is. Who would want schmaltz when you
can have romance
so precious that it tugs at heart-strings without any artificiality?*
a strong premise;
mix it with an effective blend of an entirely genuine romantic mood and
emotions, enjoyable costumes, stellar performances, a creative script,
great behind-the-scenes elements (directing, cinematography, music --
more) and see what that concoction leads to - pure cinematic delight.
films want to even
attempt to be as charming as Don Juan Demarco. You want
to feel the
filmmaking from the heart?
Here you go. Accept no substitution (unless the substitute
happens to be Benny & Joon - personally, I'd
consider them a great double feature). Even with an eighteen year gap
the original 1994 theatrical release and the recently available Blu-ray
Don Juan Demarco still manages
to deliver on every level.
Juan Demarco is
Blu-ray by New Line Cinema in 1080p High Definition. The 1.85:1 framed
preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. Considering when Don
Demarco was made in the mid-90s, this presentation is surprisingly
for a catalog transfer. Film grain remains intact and colors are
The cinematography from Ralf Bode is simple but highly effective and it
better than ever with this High Definition treatment. Fans should be
audio-quality is also quite strong. While it won't be a showstopper, it
marvelous for something produced in the 90's. The DTS-HD Master Audio
presentation brings clarity, crisp, and satisfying aural sound
qualities to the
table and overall experience. The film is presented: English
Spanish (Dolby Digital).
provided in English SDH (for the deaf and hard of hearing), Spanish,
release contains two bonus
Adams - Have You Ever Really Loved a
Woman (Music Video)
stereo audio track containing the film's score by Michael Kamen
is that you might want to set The
Wedding Date after watching this film Made
of Honor. It's no Fool's Gold,
but it is instead a real treasure. It won't help you to learn How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, but as Rumor
Has It, Don Juan Demarco might actually prevent a Failure to Launch. Good Luck,
words, I loved it.
Besides Matthew McConaghey?
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.