11.10.2006

The Libertine

I know a lot of people didn't like this movie, but I did. It's a period piece, and historical, and therefore something that I tend towards liking. It's about the Earl of Rochester in the 17th century. He was hopelessly debauched, drunk, et cetera, but he was a poet and playwright as well. Of course, he was never lauded for his work until after his death, because no one ever is. Johnny Depp is brilliantly utilized in this. The character is never liked, and the movie even starts out, "You will not like me." John Wilmot, Depp's character, kinda goes off the deep end, to see what he can get away with, and then just keeps going with the debauchery. He drinks to excess, he'll have sex with literally anything, but there's something in the man. He winds up with syphilis and yet, he's hard to stop watching.

It's like watching a train wreck. You just can't stop watching.

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