Debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai is in more than a little trouble…on top of owing the government a hefty some of money he has been tasked by the British Mi5 to recover a stolen Goya painting. The painting is a hot commodity, being of interest not only to the art world at whole it is also highly sought by an angry Russian, a sneaky American and a global terrorist. It is up to Mortdecai, with a little help from “his manservant” and his stunningly beautiful wife, to locate the Goya in order to save his hide. Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jonny Pasvolsky, Michael Culkin, Ulrigh Thomsen, Alec Utgoff, Rob de Groot, Guy Burnet, Jeff Godlblum, Paul Whitehouse, Norma Atallah.
Mortdecai showcases Johnny Depp’s deft ability to immerse himself in a character but the film itself has a bit of an identity crisis leaving it in a rather awkward position. Mortdecai is one of those films that has been massively advertised and sadly some of the better moments were revealed in that advertising. Key thing to know is that this is not a comedy, well not in the traditional sense. It is kind of a spoof, kind of a satire but not sure which and over all its just strange.
Truth is Mortdecai isn’t a great film. It has a few good moments. Those moments do NOT include the running joke of the mustache which I didn’t understand or find entertaining in the least. The relationship between Mortdecai and his manservant provides the initial entertainment but gets old fast since the joke is repeated more than a few times. The best part of the film for me was the art mystery. It isn’t a brain burner of a mystery but it is entertaining and it unfolds nicely. To be honest that plot element was pretty much the only thing that kept me interested and the only reason the rating for Mortdecai is as high as it is.
Mortdecai certainly isn’t Depp’s best film nor will it live long in the cinema world for lack of anything truly interesting about it but it wasn’t a complete dud in my book unlike so many other films out there that attempt similar quirkiness. I will say however that if you are looking for strange and funny just grab a copy of The Grand Budapest Hotel from 2014 it will satisfy your movie craving and be extremely entertaining at the same time.
6/10 Stars – Depp delivers but the film doesn’t so it is very lopsided.
This movie is just plain dumb if you ask me. I know it is a tounge-in-cheek don’t-take-yourself-seriously type of movie but I at least want it to be funny! Most of the story is Johnny Depp running around whining to his “man servant” while everyone around him scratches their heads at how stupid he is. I will give props to Johnny Depp as he is one of the most versatile character actors around. He plays the crazy and strange quite well. In a weird way, Mortdecai tries to be like Johnny English or Mr. Bean, but Rowan Atkinson is simply better at these types of roles. The “mystery” that is inserted into the story isn’t even that interesting to hold it afloat. Sadly the only thing likable about Mortdecai is Jock the man servant, and he is abused throughout… like us having to watch it.
5/10 Stars – Only funny moments involve Jock… otherwise it’s annoying and lackluster.