Went to see this on Monday night with Jules (hi Jules)!!!! An enjoyable romp of a movie that only rarely takes itself seriously. It’s not even remotely historically accurate (in terms of the life of Casanova). But that doesn’t stop it from being great fun, with a few laugh out loud moments. Heath Ledger continues to mumble like he did during Brokeback, but at least here you understand him. He’s very good as well, and suitably sexy and dashing. Oliver Platt is a scream, Jeremy Irons chews the scenery in the most brilliant way and there are some nice guest appearances from Lena Olin (of Alias fame) and Stephen grief (of Blake 7 fame). And it even had the odd twist and turn which is nice.
That said, it’s not a patch on the BBC version by RTD and starring David Tennant. DT plays a more charismatic Casanova (for one he doesn’t mumble) and the BBC/RTD version has Peter O’toole playing Casanova (the elder) in an amazing performance. It’s also more accurate – historically – thus making it more interesting.
But if you want some park your brain at the door fun, then you can’t go far past Casanova the film.