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 gold.
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
When Kemp interviews the tourist couple at the bowling alley,"Telstar" by The Tornadoes is playing in the background. The song was released in 1962. See more »
So many hotels you can't see the sea.
You can see the sea by checking into the hotels.
Pay to see the sea?
What's the matter with that? You're paying to be in the dream...
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I read the book more than ten years ago so I am hardly qualified to judge if this adaption is faithful to the original, but from what I remember and am told, it is not. I remember some flashes of brilliance in Thompsons early novel but of course they're not featured in this film.
Why? Because the director Bruce Robinson who apparently used up all his directorial firepower in "Withnail & I" chose to pursue a disjointed and haphazardly crammed vision of this book or even HST himself. I'm a huge fan of Thompson, so don't give me this "If you're a fan of HST you'll love this" crap, which is probably just marketing on IMDb.
The comedic elements don't work. Neither does the love story or the rest of it for that matter. Depp, who normally can add some depth to even the most mundane and disposable idea seems lost in this one, which he probably felt was an obligation to Hunter.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro goes the saying and this proponent of the weird sez: this movie sucks.
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