MIFF movie review: Io, Don Giovanni
By Monique Dos Anjos
Io, Don Giovanni (I, Don Giovanni) hit a high note with audiences even though its storyline has been done before.
The story is based on the early works of Lorenzo da Ponte (Lorenzo Balducci), a protégé of Giacomo Casanova, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
When da Ponte is banished from Venice, he meets Mozart in Vienna, where they combine their poetry and music, making opera history with works such as The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.
The main character, Lorenzo da Ponte was a mix between the late Heath Ledger’s role in Casanova and Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare in Love.
The screenplay was clever, but they could have done without the lengthy opera scenes.
Aside from the display of soprano singers, the film also deals with da Ponte’s willingness to leave behind his old passionate ways to be with one woman, forsaking the teachings of Casanova himself.
Io, Don Giovanni is an enjoyable comedy/love story, but could have been cut in time length by half an hour.