Friday, January 23, 2015

Mortdecai Movie Review

Johnny Depp stars in Mortdecai

Score One for Mortdecai

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Juggling some angry Russians, the British MI5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow "stare down the barrel of insolvency" in Mortdecai, a movie with good intentions but poor implementation. Depp shines as always; but he's starting to show his age (51) and his big-name co-stars do little to help. Director David Koepp keeps the action moving; but the story (Eric Aronson) feels all-too-familiar, a la a poor man's Austin Powers or The Pink Panther (minus the laughs.) Depp's funny, and I enjoyed the dynamic between him, Paltrow and Ewan McGregor... just not enough to overlook the other 95 minutes or so (out of 106.) A few chuckles, little else.