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At this point, watching the development of The Huntsman has become something of a sport. The sequel to 2012’s phenomenally successful Snow White And The Huntsman is now a case-study in what can be achieved when Universal has the commitment of two stars, a confirmed release date, and then just holds on tight.
When the first film opened to great fanfare and financial success, the idea of a sequel was immediately and predictably bandied about. The main cast – Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron – was on board and happy to return. Then came a wave of high profile controversy surrounding Stewart and the film’s director, Rupert Sanders – which led to both of them stepping away from the project. But, with Hemsworth and Theron still attached, a release date was set for April 22nd 2016, and attentions turned to the development of a screenplay, without Snow White in it.
- Sarah Myles
Directed by David Koepp.
Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumoured to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.
When going to see a movie like Mortdecai it’s best to suspend belief and just go where the film takes you. It’s a mish-mash of slapstick humour with over the top English accents, comic violence and romance. It’s by no means a masterpiece of comedy or acting, but it is an easily watchable piece of mindless fun.
Following the escapades of art dealer/rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp), this film adventure sees him recruited by a pompous MI5 agent (McGregor) to chase down a priceless painting. Based on the novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli, »
- Helen Murdoch
Written by Eric Aronson
Directed by David Koepp
Seemingly late in the game of David Koepp’s Mortdecai, the eponymous character (played by Johnny Depp) asks his wife, “Are you quite finished with your barrage of insults?” It’s an apt question for the film itself, a cataclysmically unfunny, unbelievably tedious disaster of baffling misjudgments and multiple career lows that feels as long as Shoah, and only a little less harrowing. No such luck, though, as the film goes on for another 25 minutes. It then ends on people about to throw up. Also apt.
Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Depp, in a career low as both actor and one of the film’s producers) is an eccentric English art dealer and “part time rogue”, and the sort of whimsical, foppish figure who refers to America as “the Colonies”. (This film is apparently set in the present day.) He’s in »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Stars: Sean Astin, Louis Gossett Jr., Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff, R. Lee Ermey, Denholm Elliott, George Perez, T.E. Russell, Shawn Phelan, Michael Champion, Mason Adams | Written by Daniel Petrie Jr., David Koepp | Directed by Daniel Petrie Jr.
Regis High School, an exclusive prep school for delinquent teenage boys, becomes the target of a terrorist attack from Columbian drug lord and terrorist Louis Cali, who has travelled to the Us to free his drug kingpin father. With a team of ruthless mercenaries, Cali invades Regis High School in an attempt to capture the son of the federal judge presiding over his father’s trial. As Cali takes the students hostage, the FBI and Us Army remain helpless. Within the school, however, is a group of rebellious and mischievous students, led by Billy Tepper and Joey Trotta, who decide to put their expertise in avoiding authority to good use. Now »
- Phil Wheat
Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.
That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.
“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
The caper comedy will be the fifth-straight flop for the actor whose career has taken strange twist
The wacky whiskers he wore as a shady art dealer in “Mortdecai” — the subject of a a national pre-release promo campaign — couldn’t prevent Lionsgate Entertainment’s caper comedy from landing with a major thud and taking in a puny $1.4 million in its nationwide opening Friday.
That means that “Mortdecai” will finish the weekend with less than $5 million, or »
- Todd Cunningham
The comedy came in seventh when it opened to $1.5 million on Friday and looks to finish the weekend in ninth place with a dismal $4.3 million.
The pic is far behind this weekend’s other new wide releasdise, Jennifer Lopez’s “The Boy Next Door,” which is runner-up to Bradley Cooper’s “American Sniper” as it continues to defy expectations with an estimated weekend haul of $62 million.
Lionsgate’s “Mortdecai,” which reportedly carries a $60 million pricetag, grossed about a third of what had been expected.
The movie marks the third Stateside dud in a row and one of the worst openings for Depp, following “Transcendence” and “The Lone Ranger.” Aside from Disney’s mega-successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, the chameleonic actor’s most recent films have bombed domestically (this is excluding his non-starring role in “Into the Woods »
- Maane Khatchatourian
★☆☆☆☆ Johnny Depp continues his descent into self-parody with the mawkish and turgid caper Mortdecai (2015) from director David Koepp. Based on Kyril Bonfiglioli's 1970's comic novels, it follows the misadventures of the dodgy art dealer Charlie Mortdecai. He is a buffoonish British aristocrat who gives dear Johnny plenty of scope to up-the-ante on his long list of insufferably tiresome character performances. Like the Mad Hatter, Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka before, he seems all too at home with the eccentricities of the role; complete with plummy British accent, twittering facial whiskers, and nods to the films Peter Sellers, Ronald Neame's Gambit (1966) and its 2012 remake.
- CineVue UK
Directed by David Koepp.
Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.
Mortdecai is an enigma; it is an R-rated attempt at comedy but the slapstick humor plays out like the antics of a children’s movie. This tonal dissonance makes it impossible to identify just who the audience for the movie is. At the end of the day though it probably doesn’t matter, because whether your 7, 27, or 70 you probably aren’t going to find Mortdecai funny.
Johnny Depp plays the titular character, an art smuggler in deep debt. He also imbues this character with what is quite possibly one of the most annoying voices »
- Robert Kojder
Chicago – I have to say while watching Johnny Depp in “Mortdecai,” I found myself amused. I rarely elicited anything more than a slight chuckle, but its indomitable spirit of silliness made it a not entirely unpleasant evening out.
This feather-weight trifle of a caper is only slightly more than the funny mustache movie its posters and trailer make it out to be.
Depp as Mortdecai comes across as sort of a randier Austin Powers, with more of a roguish rascal aura about him. Based on a character from a series of novels in the 1970’s by the late Kyril Bonfiglioli, Mortdecai is another in a long line of upper class British bumblers. He has all the upper class affectations of the aristocracy with none of the brains. While the film delves deeply into bathroom, breasts and boner humor, the spirit of the character wouldn’t be entirely out of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The ensemble action comedy is pacing to come in under $6 million for weekend
“Mortdecai” will come in at less than $6 million for the weekend and be Depp’s fifth consecutive flop as a leading man, if it stays on the pace it was setting early Friday. That’s below the projections of analysts for the film, which were low to begin with at $10 million.
- Todd Cunningham
The caper comedy about a bumbling art collector tasked by British authorities to track down a priceless stolen painting has accumulated just four favorable reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The rest, all 39 of them, declare that it’s just about as awful as the trailers make it look, »
- Greg Gilman
The new action comedy "Mortdecai" stars Johnny Depp as the titular character, a financially distressed dealer of stolen art. Gwyneth Paltrow plays his wife Johanna, and Paul Bettany is Jock, his manservant and thug. They get involved in a globe trotting murder investigation after an art restorer is killed and a Goya painting she was working on is stolen. Mortdecai's antagonistic old chum, Inspector Martland, brings him in on the case, as his expertise in this particular area is much needed. They end up contending with terrorists, nymphomaniacs and other sundry characters in their race to solve the crime.
Depp plays Mortdecai as a sort of mincing fop, a character choice we've seen him use a lot recently. Jack Sparrow, the Mad Hatter and Charlie Mortdecai are all of a piece. The only thing distinguishing about this new character is that he possesses bad teeth and a mustache, as »
- Daniel W. Tafoya
It’s about this time of year – when the Oscar nominations are out and all eyes are on the most intellectual and well crafted of films – that Twitter goes a little insane.
There are only so many jokes you can make about the Oscar nominees. Thankfully, January often offers up some lighter fare for our humour needs. This year, the film slate has given us David Koepp’s Johnny Depp comedy, Mortdecai. Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany, and Jeff Goldblum, the movie is a welcome oasis in the midst of a very political awards race.
Juxtaposing the lighthearted, madcap nature of Mortdecai against the more serious dramas in the Oscar race – particularly American Sniper and Selma – the best tweets about the Johnny Depp movie aren’t coming from theMortdecai’s official Twitter account, @PartTimeRogue. Instead, the bulk of Mortdecai tweets are from comedians, film critics, »
- Sasha James
Having combed Roget’s Thesaurus in vain for a suitable adjective to describe the Johnny Depp comedy Mortdecai, I’m forced to say it’s just ... bad. The direction by David Koepp is bad, the screenplay by Eric Aronson very bad — though if Aronson were a bubbly American 15-year-old attempting a British caper-comedy after thrilling to a lot of old movies (which is how the script plays), I’d tell him it wasn’t too bad because puberty is difficult enough. Depp is very, very bad. Watching his first scene, a bad echo of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I thought he’d finally moved from emulating late (insane) Brando to late, slumming Peter Sellers and would spend the rest of movie swapping out wigs and accents. It quickly became clear that his bad, gap-toothed Terry-Thomas imitation (with extra eyebrow action) would be all she wrote. The badness »
- David Edelstein
“Mortdecai” will leave any viewer with a number of pressing questions: who taught Gwyneth Paltrow to affect British? How many jokes about genitalia can be squeezed into a single film? What exactly happens in this mad beehive of plot maneuvers? And most crucially —why would anyone make this movie? But the last one isn’t meant as a broad shot at “Mortdecai,” which is not without charm. The question is not meant to be snide: you really want to know why director David Koepp and screenwriter Eric Aronson decided to make this film in the first place. It’ll practically eat at you. The story sets newly bankrupt, mustachioed art connoisseur and eccentric dandy Charles Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) on a transatlantic romp to recover a stolen, priceless painting and reap the fiscal benefits before MI5 Agent Martland (Ewan McGregor) —who sustains a love/hate relationship with Mortdecai and a lust »
- Michael Arbeiter
There is nothing less cool than a person trying to act like they are cool – and it’s not that much different in comedy. A comic performance embellished for maximum mugging and silliness may come off with the exact opposite reaction that was intended. An actor trying to pretend like they are funny without offering a natural knack for wit or tickled charm comes off as deeply unfunny. Case in point: Johnny Depp’s hideously off-key portrayal of an English aristocrat and art dealer in Mortdecai, a globe-trotting comedy of sorts from director David Koepp.
The international locales, A-list ensemble, frantic running gags and trumpet-filled score makes Mortdecai resemble a James Bond parody, like 1967’s Casino Royale or any of the Austin Powers films. What the film sorely lacks is a distinct comedic vibe – or, dare one say it, a mojo? – to keep both the tone consistent atop the rapid-fire jokes. »
- Jordan Adler
Moustaches were very much front and center at Wednesday’s premiere of Lionsgate’s “Mortdecai” at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.
Johnny Depp confessed on the red carpet that his facial hair was key to making the storyline work.
'I liked that he's steadfast about wearing the moustache in the face of everyone telling him not to' – Johnny Depp pic.twitter.com/GGwwWyEwoe
— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) January 22, 2015
Director David Koepp was particularly fulsome in his praise, noting that most stars would not want to portray a cowardly character — even in a comedy. “I couldn’t stop laughing on the first takes,” he said.
— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) January 22, 2015
Gwyneth Paltrow also gave the facial hair a thumbs up.
'I think she's deeply charmed by him … And I like moustaches' – Gwyneth Paltrow on playing Mrs. »
- Dave McNary
Director: David Koepp
Run Time: 107 minutes
Synopsis: An eccentric art dealer Charles Mortdecai (Depp), with the unknowing help of his wife Joanna (Paltrow) must help the British Government find a rare stolen painting, while being supervised by the leader of the case, Alistair Martland (McGregor).
Name the last good Johnny Depp you saw, I bet you it takes a while. In the past couple of years, Johnny Depp’s creditability has proven to not be as resourceful as it used to be. Last year’s Transcendence was a huge disappointment, The Lone Ranger was so bad, Disney spilt up with Jerry Bruckheimer and the less said about The Rum Diary, the better. So Depp is now trying to restore his creditability in new film Mortdecai. This looks like a very promising film, a great cast, »
- Sean Narborough
This painfully unfunny spoof of teddibly British nonsense couldn’t be less amusing if it were actually calculated to be totally laugh-free. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): the trailer was dire
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The strained desperation wafting off Mortdecai is as stinky as… Well, there’s one scene in this painfully unfunny and wildly unfocused spoof of teddibly British nonsense in which the attempt at humor revolves around whether Ewan McGregor’s (A Million Ways to Die in the West, Jack the Giant Slayer) suave MI5 agent will eat a piece of fetid cheese he has been offered to accompany his glass of port — haha! smelly English cheese! — while Johnny Depp’s (Transcendence, The Lone Ranger) shady art dealer and dead-broke aristocrat Lord Charlie Mortdecai regales him with an anecdote about a fart; haha! »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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