The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort. Sanderson's girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol? Written by
Not Quite The Return To Form I Was Hoping For From Depp
10 years Prior to this Johnny Depp was one of my favourite actors. Then came the character of Captain Jack Sparrow, and with it came endless sequels every couple of years, and (aside from a few roles like "Finding Neverland" and "Sweeney Todd") uninspired performances in average movies (The Tourist) Now he probably doesn't even rank in my Top 10. Based on the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson, I was hoping this would be a return to form.
"The Rum Diary" started off well with Dean Martin crooning "Volare" over the opening credits. But whilst not quite a return to form, it has some good moments and Depp's heart is clearly in the right place, in what is clearly a passionate project for him, based on his close friends work. But I think Hollywood got in the way of him making a great movie.
Michael Rispoli, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribsi, Amber Heard and all give good solid support to Depp, but my main problem comes from the direction, which is uninspiring despite great source material.
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