When you see a 5.5 movie rating on imdb.com, you rarely think watching that particular movie is a very clever idea. Unless you’re a Johnny Depp fan (do they have their own title? i hope not) and you don’t care about the raitings because you know that you’ll probably be seeing at least one absolutely amazing character in the movie. And you are absolutely right.
Peek at the plot: In the director’s David Koepp’s movie, Mr. Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) lives in the palace with his stunning wife (Gwyneth Paltrow, and she is stunning by the way) and a bodyguard Jock (Paul Bettany) but has a little problem. He ows the British government 8 million pounds and, therefore, decides to find and sell Goya painting, on which back there should be a code to a Swiss bank. The plan that pops to Mr. Mortdecai’s head is very obvious – get the painting, sell it, steal the money, and therefore fix his relationship with his wife and live his usual life. However, it brings a lot of adventures and accidents that also involve a British security agent (Ewan McGregor) and never goes the way it was originally planned. The whole thing is a pleasure for us to watch because, for once, it’s not us whose plans never work. :)
The whole story is interesting and well planned but the movie is definitely not about that at all. It would be nothing special or at least not as exciting, if Johnny Depp wasn’t as brilliant as he usually is. (I am not fangirling here, I swear.) The Mortdecai character is what brings the feeling of an original and interesting movie here. He’s weird (what a surprise), different, living in his own little world and according to his own special rules. He’s a bit of a sociopath, if you asked me, but it only makes it more amusing to see Mortdecai getting out there to the real world and meeting different people (him meeting Americans at the hotel is in my Top 5 favourite scenes!).
The relationships between the four main characters is what keeps the movie going. There is love, jealousy, doubts and competitions, friendships and care, all followed by witty dialogues and snappy comments. I also love Ewan McGregor’s performance and character, which he fullfilled just perfectly. In fact, I think all four of them did a brilliant job as it’s in a way harder for the actors to make sort of flat characters so interesting and attractive to the audience, and I do think these character are complicated but still flat, if you think about it. Does that make any sense?
Anyway, I am arguing with imdb now and give at least a fat 8 for the movie. Especially recommended for Johnny Depp’s fans or those who want to see something weird but easy.
Enjoy the movie and share your opinions!