25 January 2016


  • Mortdecai 2015
  • Director: David Koepp
  • Based on the book by Kyril Bonfigliolo
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan MacGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Michael Culkin, Jeff Goldblum, Nicholas Farrell, Michael Byrne
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp – Transcendence, The Lone Ranger, Dark Shadows, Life’s Too Short, The Rum Diary, Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4, Rango, The Tourist, Alice in Wonderland, Public Enemies, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Libertine, Finding Neverland, Secret Window, Once upon a Time in Mexico, From Hell, Blow, Chocolat, Before Night Falls, The Man Who Cried, Sleepy Hollow, The Astronaut’s Wife, The Ninth Gate, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Brave, Donnie Brasco, Nick of Time, Dead Man, Don Juan DeMarco, Ed Wood, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Benny and Joon, Arizona Dream, Edward Scissorhands, Cry Baby, Platoon, Slow Burn, Nightmare on Elm Street  
    • Gwyneth Paltrow – Contagion, Two Lovers, Infamous, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shakespeare in Love, The Perfect Murder, Sliding Doors, Moonlight and Valentino, Seven
    • Ewan MacGregor – The Impossible, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Ghost Writer, Stay, Star Wars I-III, Big Fish, Young Adam, Moulin Rouge, Little Voice, Velvet Goldmine, A Life Less Ordinary, Brassed Off, Trainspotting, Shallow Grave
    • Paul Bettany – Transcendent, The Tourist, Creation, The Young Victoria, Dogville, A Beautiful Mind, A Knight’s Tale, David Copperfield
    • Michael Culkin – Poldark, Mr Turner, Downton Abbey, Mrs Henderson Presents, Being Julia, The Hours, Shackleton, Our Mutual Friend, Photographing Fairies, The Fifth Element, Cold Lazarus
    • Jeff Goldblum – Igby Goes Down, Independence Day, Jurassic Park, The Fly, Silverado, The Right Stuff, The Big Chill, Nashville
    • Nicholas Farrell – Testament of Youth, Amazing Grace, Driving Lessons, Sex Chips & Rock’n’Roll, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, In the Bleak Midwinter, Othello
    • Michael Byrne – Quartet, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows I, Gangs of New York, Tomorrow Never Dies, Braveheart, Two Gentleman of Verona, Richard III, Henry VI Part Three, Henry VI Part One
  • Why? Johnny Depp and the rest
  • Seen:  24 January 2016      

       In spite of the cast my expectations aren’t terribly high on this one. The reviews have been less than raving and it sounds silly. But I’m prepared to be entertained.
       It’s more than silly. What are these excellent actors doing in this ridiculous film? Having fun maybe. Johnny Depp in the title role, with the same mannerisms he has successfully used so endearingly in earlier films, is in this one close to irritating. Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t quite work as a smart sexy wife. Paul Bettany is amusing as an out-of-character Cockney thug-body-guard-valet and Ewan MacGregor is so handsome it’s impossible to connect him to the brilliant heroin addict of Trainspotting.
       One line gets a laugh. Upon being sent on a mission to the US, to his dismay, Mortdecai protests: ‘California?! Oh, icky!’
       A pleasant surprise is seeing Nicholas Farrell showing up as an auctioneer.
       Entertaining? Somewhat. At times. But I wasn’t expecting much so for the sake of the good cast and a couple of laughs:

2 * of 5

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