Friday, January 23, 2015

Releases January 23rd, 2015
1 hr 47 mins
Rated R
Action/Adventure, Comedy


Director: David Koepp

Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai
Gwyneth Paltrow as Johanna Mortdecai
Ewan McGregor as Inspector Martland
Olivia Munn as Georgina Krampf
Jonny Pasvolsky as Emil Strago
Paul Bettany as Jock Strapp
Jeff Goldblum as TBA
Nicholas Farrell as TBC
Aubrey Plaza as Paula
Oliver Platt as Barry
Tom Hardy as Lola
Guy Burnet as Maurice

Review by Stephen M.

Based on an anthology of books, the first entry is an abomination of epic proportions.  Such that your money would be better spent putting it in a shredder, giving you more entertainment value than the film.  Mortdecai is a convoluted mess with dull dialogue and flat jokes.  Johnny Depp as the lead character Charlie Mortdecai is a bungling aristocratic petty art dealer and thief made successful thanks to his strong competent wife Johanna (Gwyneth Paltrow) and his capable manservant Jock (Paul Bettany).  They work together to recover a lost Goya painting that is believed to have a secret bank account number on the back of it.

If you struggle to remember a successful Johnny Depp film other than his Pirates of the Caribbean series, you are not alone.  Unfortunately, his performance as Mortdecai as well as the film itself is utterly disappointing.  The few saving graces are the interactions between Mortdecai and Jock, where Jock basically gets the short end of the stick each and every time, gets repetitively boring quick.  The stunning Olivia Munn and Gwyneth Paltrow both play intriguing strong woman characters, but fails to save the film with their limited screen time.

Billed as a beginning of a franchise, Mortdecai would do well to reboot their franchise after this poor outing.  Repetitive mustache and manservant jokes can only take you so far since most of everything else is incomprehensible.  You would think that the whole point of the film is just so that Johnny can get a good feel of Olivia, in which case the movie deserves five stars.  Unfortunately since it is not, the film for me at least is among the worst of this short 2015.  If you still want to watch the film, wait for it on free television one day or just watch paint dry.


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