Mortdecai is a film about debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai who juggles angry Russians, the British MI5, and an international terrorist to recover a stolen painting rumoured to contain a code that leads to Nazi gold.
It’s just a shame to see that Johnny Depp is get worse and worse with every movie his in. He hasn’t played a decent role in years. Probably since Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and that film was made over ten years ago. Even Finding Neverland, which was released a year late in 2004, was a heartfelt performance but he has since dropped off since then. His cameo in 21 Jump Street was a nice surprise but was just a rehash of something he had done at the beginning of his career. It is definitely clear now that Depp is happy off doing his own thing and not really caring what us as an audience or the general consensus of his performance mannerisms are. Many of his latter characters in his films have become quite similar. Mortedcai can definitely be seen to be closely moulded to that of Jack Sparrow.
Depp has constantly been headlining roles in projects with large budgets that have barely broken even (see The Lone Ranger) and over time, shrivelled away without any pop culture impact.
I know it’s probably not fair that I should be criticising him so harshly, but stars with names like Depp’s can pull a fair amount of funding from investors that result in films like The Rum Diary, Dark Shadows, and Transcendence to be made. With his name included, amongst other factors, those films were able to be made.
The question is: how could writer Eric Aronson, director David Koepp, and produce Depp be apart of something so awfully unfunny? It was badly written and directed. If done better, it could’ve been more interesting then it presented itself to be but instead, it was something I could barely force myself to sit through.
This film proves that if you make a film about a character who can’t take himself seriously, the audiences won’t be able to take the film seriously. Mortdecai as a character was poorly-constructed and the film was already up in flames before we left the opening scene because of its reliance on said character. The story was enough to make you crazy and it wasn’t because it was confusing. It was because of it’s weakly-written supporting roles from actors (Oliva Munn, Ewan McGregor) who have proven to hold their weight in a variety of films.
The film is a $60million flop that was an easy pick for critics and audiences’ worst film of the year, along with the horror that is Fifty Shades of Grey.