"Brokeback Mountain 2" isn't nearly as good as the original, though it is almost as moving at times. Heath Ledger reprises his role in what is actually a prequel, set in Venetian times where he could actually put coherent words together into sentences more than four words long. And where he is into women. Lots of women. And his name is Casanova. Wait a minute...
Okay, I apologize for the absolutely stupid and cliché intro to this review for "Casanova," but bear with me - it's been a long week. In this movie, Ledger stars as the title character, the ultimate lady's man just behind Fabio, who likes to screw just about anything, including hot nuns. As the Vatican is imposing harsher punishments for those who are immorally sound - like Casanova - our "hero" is forced to assume a false identity to escape detection... and keep screwing beautiful women. But when his eyes fall on the beautiful Francesca Bruni, he knows he must have her - unfortunately for him, she despises everything he stands for. No bother...
First off, Oliver Platt is in this movie. Second, Sienna Miller is hot. And third, some women and gay men find Heath Ledger hot. That right there means there is a lot going for "Casanova."
For the most part, the movie succeeds, though not wonderfully and terrifically and spellbindingly so. A comedy that is mildly funny but never laugh-out-loud so and a period piece that seems a bit too modern, it never really clicks in the audience's mind. It's hard to tell what is intentional and what is not, and for that it deserves a slap on the wrist.
Still, combined with Ledger's enjoyment with the character and everyone seeming to have a fun time, the movie definitely works on an entertainment level, and all in all is a relatively watchable movie that will make for a good rental on a cold Friday night. The movie is best when it pretends to be most serious, as that is where actors Jeremy Irons and Oliver Platt really shine - seriousness interpreted into comedy. While the ending gets a little ridiculous, it is overall an enjoyable film that will neither help or hinder Ledger's up-and-down career.
"Casanova" is a fun little film that is harmless to watch yet offers little in terms of juicy entertaining; recommended for someone who has seen all the really good movies at the rental store.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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