CASANOVA (Lasse Hallström, 2005)

Casanova, which is enjoyable, is easily the best thing that Lasse Hallström has done, and Heath Ledger is charming—a real Casanova. (Or is he?) In another tricky part, Ledger is as good here as in Brokeback Mountain, only in this case one doesn’t have to wade through a mediocre movie to cull the good part: his performance. It’s as if Errol Flynn had been crossed with Albert Finney in his Tom Jones mode. Oliver Platt is a panic in a supporting role. The color cinematography, though, is ostentatious and selfconscious. (Oliver Stapleton: Never heard of him; never want to see his work again.) (Enough about the film’s “R” rating already!)

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