The Libertine

Year Released: 2004
Main Stars: Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, Rosamund Pike, Samantha Morton
Last watched: May 2013
Review Date: May 2013
Number Watches: 1.5 (I caught the second half a while ago and didn’t think much of it then)
Format Watched: DVD

A tired, slow film with surprisingly little use given that it’s about sex and has john and Johnny side by side in 17th century London surrounded by whores and declining nobles. The dirge music dying over the top of everything tells you all you need to know.
One scene works. About 20 mins before the end we see Johnny and Rosamund fighting over his ill health. A mighty show of thespianity indeed. It doesn’t last and the ending is as rubbish as the over sentimental music.
There is a huge presence of pseudo-17th century profanity thrown all over the script that just makes me think of school kids trying to be brave in front of their peers. In fact the whole thing seems contrived towards these words instead of the man and his history in centre stage. Performances were ok but nothing was important or real. It was a continuous dusky theatre or a dusky pub scene interrupted by someone walking in a big garden. Big deal. No intrigue or interest. About as fake as the kings nose and boy, was that fake. If they didn’t even fix the light shining through his false conk then perhaps no one who filmed it bothered to critique it properly as I expect editors to do.
DVD Extras: none

Keep DVD?
No, wiggy, no.

Watch if on TV?
No, sir, I say, no.

Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid like the pox, sir.


About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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