Saturday, 22 December 2012
The Rum Diary
For the most part, I think the humour was a bit lost on me. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind for cerebral comedy or maybe it was just a bit too droll and subtle. I prefer to think it was the latter of the two. While there are some really good comedic bits, Depp really toned down the weird for this one and the movie suffers for it. Had he played it somewhere between what he did and Jack Sparrow (but closer to this character), I think this could have had a much bigger following.
That's not to say the performance was bad. It was still pretty good simply because Depp is a good actor. But I did spend a lot of time noticing that Depp in 1960s clothes resembles what I imagine a post plastic surgery Steve Buscemi would look like. The rest of the cast was really good too. I was really impressed with Michael Rispoli as Depp's "Jiminy Cricket." He stole enough of the show to make me wish they could make a prequel about his story. Even Aaron Eckhardt didn't make me want to put my face through a wall as he often does.
But, all in all, I would have to say that they were almost there and should have decided on either a comedy or a morality play and not a combination of both. I'm not sad to have seen it and there were some parts that made me laugh out loud. I just can't recommend it. Don't see it.