Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1995. New Line Cinema, American Zoetrope, Juno Pix, Outlaw Productions. Screenplay by Jeremy Leven. Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Fuchs. Music by Michael Kamen, Robert John Lange. Production Design by Sharon Seymour. Costume Design by Kirsten Everberg. Film Editing by Antony Gibbs. Academy Awards 1995. Golden Globe Awards 1995.
Johnny Depp stars as a young man who insists he is the famed lover who woos women and makes their dreams come true. Marlon Brando plays the psychiatrist who has to determine whether this man is psychotically delusional or just an unhappy kid who needs a fantasy world to get through his dreary life. The scenes of Depp telling of his colourful past life in Mexico and his great loves are gorgeously photographed but never really amount to anything; the film tries for romanticism on a Moonstruck level but never comes close. It does feature a lovely performance by Faye Dunaway (who is radically underused here) and a very beautiful score by Michael Kamen, which includes Bryan Adam’s popular love song “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”.