Mortdecai review by Rashid Irani: This film is an ungainly mess

  • Rashid Irani, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 24, 2015 10:22 IST

David Koepp
Actors: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow
Rating: 1/5

Back in 2004, they collaborated on Secret Window, one of the better screen adaptations of a Stephen King novel.

Unfortunately, both Johnny Depp and writer-director David Koepp have run out of ideas by the time of this wobbly crime caper.

Depp plays an aristocratic art dealer who traverses the globe in order to recover a stolen masterpiece by Francisco Goya.

Loosely adapted from the cult comic novel, Don’t Point That Thing At Me, the shopworn script sees the mustachioed bon vivant enmeshed in a series of espionage situations, neither suspenseful nor funny.

Accompanied by his oversexed sidekick (Paul Bettany, insufferable), the duo have to contend with Russian thugs, a couple of rival art collectors, not to forget a smart-alecky British agent (Ewan McGregor). He also has a crush on the aristocrat’s leggy wife (Gwyneth Paltrow).

All facial tics and mannerisms, Johnny Depp strives in vain to compensate for the pratfalls-heavy plotline. As for his ghastly upper class accent, the less said the better. The film aims for The Pink Panther-like sophistication, but ends up as an ungainly mess.

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