Year of Release: 2006
Director: Laurance Dunmore
Approx. Running Time: 114 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
PASSIONATE, DECADENT, SCANDALOUS...
Oscar nominee Johnny Depp delivers "a tour de force performance" (Baz Bamigboy, The Daily Mail) in The Libertine. As the celebrated writer and bad boy John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, Depp brings to life a decadent 17th century London. There, Wilmot falls passionately in love with his aspriring actress muse (Oscar nominee Samantha Morton), but is cast from the heights of privileged society when he scandalizes King Charles II (Oscar nominee John Malkovich) with a shockingly audacious play. At the depths of ruin, the rebel seeks redemption on his own terms. "Johnny Depp is brilliant," raves Cosmopolitan, while Peter Travers of Rolling Stone call The Libertine a "one-of-a-kind spellbinder."
In many ways - particularly its heavy sexual overtones and crude sense of humor - this movie reminds me of my favorite film, Quills. However, it doesn't quite have that sort of immediate appeal to it. In fact, it took me a full three viewings before I decided that I even liked this film at all. To say that it isn't for the prudish is to put it lightly, but even a mind as perverted as my own may find some of this content a tad shocking. It is for this reason and for my initial indecisiveness that I initially gave this movie only three stars out of five. However, in retrospect, I feel it is worthy of a higher rating.
Rated R (MPAA)
2006 (Year Of Release)