Old wine in a new decanter...but what a decanter - probably the best Spiegelau or Riedel. That sums up Casanovva.
The "story" - Casanovva (Mohanlal) is a flower
merchant mogul. He lands in Dubai with plans to nab a gang of four thieves who are kinda like John Abraham's gang in Dhoom. When his first plans go awry, he has to lay a very elaborate trap not just to nab them, but to make them suffer. And he wants to do it before the Interpol officer (Riyaaz Khan in a decent role for once) can cotton on. Why does he want the thieves for himself? Aah, for that you have to watch the movie.
Casanovva could be described as a hedonist's ultimate fantasy and has enough "speed" for an action junkie. That's about it. There are a couple of glaring errors in the plot - or am I being too finicky by searching for ants in Black Forest pastry? The costumes are wonderful - except for Lalu Alex's purple suit (the actor must have hated it, good thing the tone of the scene was meant to show his anger and discomfort, the suit brought it out beautifully). But there was lots of eye candy to compensate for anything like that. Do watch out for a sequence in the "Love" song for Casanovva singing in all magazine covers on display - fundoo...
All in all, a well-packaged respite from a fortnight of all-night battles with kids' flu, emergency hospital visits and dealing with residual infections. No one but a frazzled mom can appreciate the world of perfect mani-pedis, loooong smoooooth legs and the recreational sport of shopping better than the world's greatest Casanovva!
Worth watching? You won't be bored - except while watching the daredevil thieves doing their mid-jump roll ad infinitum....
Edited to add: Do I sound as though I liked the movie in the review? I was being totally sarcastic. Ok, let me make it clear - remember Kamal Hassan's wonderfully packed boxes in "Pushpak"? Casanovva is like that - all glitz and glamor on the outside, putrefaction inside. I hope everything's clear now!!!!