Johnny Depp is a conundrum. Despite being an obviously talented actor, the last few years have seen him develop a tendency to just disappear into a sea of blandness on-screen unless he’s playing some ludicrous caricature of a character with a penchant for exorbitant amounts of makeup and funny headgear. But when he plays these crazy characters, he takes them so far over the top, that essentially the character’s quirks end up overshadowing the actor beneath all the face paint.
So what is Depp to do? Apparently his answer is to grow a ridiculous moustache by the looks of this first trailer for Mortedecai, a Wes Anderson-ish international crime caper that sees Depp as the foppish title character, Charlie Mortdecai, bungling his way through the world on the trail of a stolen Nazi painting (alas, not the one of the fallen Madonna with the big boobies).
Depp appears to be slightly – SLIGHTLY – more restrained than some of his latest offerings, which unfortunately elicits an instant sigh from me. But with a great cast around him and a reasonably solid filmmaker like David Koepp (Mission: Impossible, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man) behind the camera and on co-scripting duties, this has the potential to be mildly entertaining. Even if it is just because of Olivia Munn’s cleavage.
Juggling some angry Russians, the British MI5, his impossibly leggy wife, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Mortdecai also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Goldblum and Paul Bettany. It is scheduled to hit theaters on February 6, 2015.
Last Updated: August 14, 2014