Don Juan Demarco (1995)

The very first scene of DON JUAN DEMARCO opens on a cheesy backlot that,
I presume, is supposed to pass for a street in New York City.  There are
some extras milling about, as well as the phony fire- and policemen.
The whole thing looks fake, though, even after Marlon Brando arrives to
accept the challenges issued by a young man in costume (Johnny Depp)
atop a billboard.

Frankly, no movie should start this way, by looking so phony.  How are
we to believe whatever comes after?  How are we supposed to take a
serious story seriously?

That said, seeing Brando back on screen is still a treat-- especially
when he's backed by both Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway.  The former plays
patient to Brando's psychiatrist, while the latter has the smaller role
as the larger man's wife.  A marvelous little story, if you don't mind
how drab this DON JUAN looks.

Grade: C

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