Watch Mortdecai (2015) | Synopsis and Review

 mortdecai-poster Maybe just Johnny Depp – and… errr… God? – who knows what movie he will choose to do. Once known as a character and serious actor who always experimented in every role he chose, Depp is now more often known as an actor who often appears in blockbuster films with storytelling quality that tends to disappoint. His latest film, Mortdecai – where Depp reunites with director David Koepp who previously directed him in Secret Window (2004), also doesn't seem to be changing the perspective of many people about Depp at this time. Depp is back in a comedy film that is far from being entertaining plus an appearance that tends to look monotonous like the one he has presented in several films that he has starred in before.


The script for Mortdecai was adapted by Eric Aronson (On the Line, 2001) from the early anthology series of novels Mortdecai by Kyril Bonfiglioli entitled Don't Point that Thing at Me. The comedy content in Mortdecai's own storyline may remind viewers a lot of detective films with classic comedy plots such as The Pink Panther (Blake Edwards, 1963) or Inspector Closeau (Bud Yorkin, 1968). Unfortunately, Aronson's ability to work on the comedy side of Mortdecai is not at all able to match or approach the quality of these classic films. Many of the comedy compositions in this film feel bland or even manage to appear entertaining but are then repeated several times throughout the film. Obviously making Mortdecai lose its appeal altogether when this film was intended to be a comedy from the start.


Koepp's strong direction that he previously showed in Premium Rush (2012) is also completely invisible in this film. For some reason, Koepp seems nervous to direct big names such as Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum to Olivia Munn who fill the row of this film's acting department. Koepp seems to free each actor to improvise with the characters and stories he gives in Mortdecai. Well… of course the actors and actresses seem to have fun in their roles but for the quality of the film… Mortdecai becomes flat with no chemistry from the actors or the seriousness of the actors to bring the storyline of this film to life.


Returning to Depp, once again, through his role as Charlie Mortdecai in this film, Depp displays the figure of Jack Sparrow who seems to have been and has always been embedded in the acting performances he has presented since starring in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski, 2003). Honestly, it's really sad to see Depp constantly stuck in the same look and in poor quality films. Even Nicolas Cage – who also constantly tortures himself by appearing in mediocre quality films – is able to appear in a different appearance in each of his films. Depp is a great actor and definitely deserves better than this.


Although present in a modest quality, several appearances filling the acting department in this film are enough to steal the attention several times. Paul Bettany managed to perform brilliantly in his role as bodyguard Charlie Mortdecai's character, Jock Strapp. Likewise with Jeff Goldblum in his brief role as billionaire, Milton Krampf. Gwyneth Paltrow is probably the only actor who appears flawless in this film – mostly because of her minimalistic role function. While Ewan McGregor often looks confused in his role. It wasn't McGregor's fault entirely. Like many of the supporting characters in this film, the roles are so shallowly written and difficult to develop well. [D]


Mortdecai (2015)

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