Monday, October 27, 2008

The Libertine

United Kingdom 1998-2004 (Huh?)

Johnny Depp portrays 17th century poet John Wilmot in this provocative period piece. Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester, received posthumous acclaim for his sexually overt poetry, but his womanizing ways garnered the most attention during his brief life. His rakish adventures include attempting to kidnap the woman he would eventually marry, constantly angering the king and wooing actress Elizabeth Barry. Samantha Morton and John Malkovich co-star.

How people could even give this movie a negative review is beyond me. An absolutely brilliant film. The acting delivered from all the cast was simply astounding and gripping. Beautiful film work that should not be overlooked. Entertaining and the writing is undoubtedly genius. Amazing delivery on all levels. This is what film making is all about. A sincere independent historical biography on a mastermind cynic. The sexuality wasn't even that vivid in this film. A portion had a short lived plethora of phallic imagery but nothing that could be considered shocking or over the top. Please see this film.

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