Don Juan DeMarco [Blu-Ray] Jeremy Leven

Don Juan DeMarco [Blu-Ray] Jeremy Leven
Here's what I find amusing about escapist, mid-'90s rom-com Don Juan DeMarco: the titular, self-professed Don Juan (Johnny Depp) winds up in a mental hospital after he's found threatening suicide on a billboard in full Zorro garb. Seemingly, he has a focused schizophrenia that doesn't so much make him hear voices as it does make him pretend to be a famed lover. This conceit aside, you would think the psychiatrist treating him (Marlon Brando) would find this delusion concerning, or at least perplexing, in one way or another. But Jeremy Leven's cutesy, romanticized ode to passion and finding inspiration in the smallest of things paints mental illness as a nice little escape from the disappointments of daily life. He makes Don Juan's sickness into a cute metaphor for the lost flame in the marriage between the psychiatrist and his wife, Marilyn (Faye Dunaway), focusing more on the sheer zaniness of their rekindled sexuality than what might make an aging shrink interpret mental illness in such a perplexing, selfish manner. As far as the actual delusions go, they're filmed like telenovellas, featuring sword fights outside of haciendas and overly melodramatic acting for comedic effect, which, while inappropriate, is an amusingly ignorant approximation of the inner-workings of a schizophrenic. Tying this all together is the inclusion of Bryan Adams's "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," which is both nauseating and appropriate. As a bonus, the Blu-Ray includes a music video for this song and an isolated stereo track of the film's score for anyone that wants to listen solely to endless variations on this track rather than listening to the dialogue. What's more is that the conversion of this throwaway film to HD highlights only that Depp and Brando were wearing a lot of makeup in every single scene. (Warner)