With the recent death of legendary Marlon Brando, I've been watching his films lately as my own way of paying respects. Brando's talent was near genius that almost none can surpass. Oh sure, there are a handful of actors in certain roles who are as good or better as he was. However, the overall quality of acting in each of Brando's films, taken collectively, is unsurpassed. Johnny Depp is one of, if perhaps the only, actor of this generation who could maybe eclipse Brando. That they were friends solidifies this premise.
That said, I was so excited to see Brando, Depp, Dunaway, and Selena (albeit in a very small singing part) together in one film. But I must say, after watching it, I was disappointed. It wasn't Depp's accent (he did convincingly well) but the plot - if you want to call it - that was a big let-down. Brando is sweet and charming; Dunaway is beautiful as ever; and, of course, Depp is ultra suave and sexy as Don Juan. The movie starts off kinda cute, you wonder where it's going to go, and then - boom! The let-down. What was the point of this movie? I just didn't get it. Was it lust or love? Even if it was either or, I just came away thinking, "Who cares?"
If it weren't for the phenomenal actors, this film wouldn't have made a pile of beans. What a flop and a disappointment.
Well, there is just one more thing I'll admit that is good about this flick: the theme song. Bryan Adams' "Have you ever really loved a woman" is a most beautiful love song and it will remain my favorite. It ties in well with the movie with its Latin guitar strings.
The music and the actors themselves make for this movie, but the storyline is disappointing and disbelievable.