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Second Opinion – Mortdecai (2015)

Mortdecai, 2015.

Directed by David Koepp.

Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn and Jeff Goldblum.

Synopsis:

Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumoured to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.

When going to see a movie like Mortdecai it’s best to suspend belief and just go where the film takes you. It’s a mish-mash of slapstick humour with over the top English accents, comic violence and romance. It’s by no means a masterpiece of comedy or acting, but it is an easily watchable piece of mindless fun.

Following the escapades of art dealer/rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp), this film adventure sees him recruited by a pompous MI5 agent (McGregor) to chase down a priceless painting. Based on the novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli,
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‘Mortdecai’ is hauntingly terrible

Mortdecai

Written by Eric Aronson

Directed by David Koepp

USA, 2015

Seemingly late in the game of David Koepp’s Mortdecai, the eponymous character (played by Johnny Depp) asks his wife, “Are you quite finished with your barrage of insults?” It’s an apt question for the film itself, a cataclysmically unfunny, unbelievably tedious disaster of baffling misjudgments and multiple career lows that feels as long as Shoah, and only a little less harrowing. No such luck, though, as the film goes on for another 25 minutes. It then ends on people about to throw up. Also apt.

Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Depp, in a career low as both actor and one of the film’s producers) is an eccentric English art dealer and “part time rogue”, and the sort of whimsical, foppish figure who refers to America as “the Colonies”. (This film is apparently set in the present day.) He’s in
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Film Review: Supremely Silly ‘Mortdecai’ is a Pleasant Surprise

Chicago – I have to say while watching Johnny Depp in “Mortdecai,” I found myself amused. I rarely elicited anything more than a slight chuckle, but its indomitable spirit of silliness made it a not entirely unpleasant evening out.

This feather-weight trifle of a caper is only slightly more than the funny mustache movie its posters and trailer make it out to be.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Depp as Mortdecai comes across as sort of a randier Austin Powers, with more of a roguish rascal aura about him. Based on a character from a series of novels in the 1970’s by the late Kyril Bonfiglioli, Mortdecai is another in a long line of upper class British bumblers. He has all the upper class affectations of the aristocracy with none of the brains. While the film delves deeply into bathroom, breasts and boner humor, the spirit of the character wouldn’t be entirely out of
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Johnny Depp’s ‘Mortdecai’ Mortifies Critics: 8 Terrible Reviews That Will Make You Understand Why

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Johnny Depp’s ‘Mortdecai’ Mortifies Critics: 8 Terrible Reviews That Will Make You Understand Why
“There’s now a Johnny Depp film on the books that makes ‘Transcendence’ look like an infinitely better night at the movies,” one critic wrote

Johnny Depp is poised to underwhelm at the box office for the fourth time in a row when “Mortdecai” hits theaters this weekend. And it’s no surprise: critics hate it.

The caper comedy about a bumbling art collector tasked by British authorities to track down a priceless stolen painting has accumulated just four favorable reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The rest, all 39 of them, declare that it’s just about as awful as the trailers make it look,
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It’s Great Johnny Depp Seems to Be Having So Much Fun in Mortdecai Because No One Else Will

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It’s Great Johnny Depp Seems to Be Having So Much Fun in Mortdecai Because No One Else Will
Having combed Roget’s Thesaurus in vain for a suitable adjective to describe the Johnny Depp comedy Mortdecai, I’m forced to say it’s just ... bad. The direction by David Koepp is bad, the screenplay by Eric Aronson very bad — though if Aronson were a bubbly American 15-year-old attempting a British caper-comedy after thrilling to a lot of old movies (which is how the script plays), I’d tell him it wasn’t too bad because puberty is difficult enough. Depp is very, very bad. Watching his first scene, a bad echo of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I thought he’d finally moved from emulating late (insane) Brando to late, slumming Peter Sellers and would spend the rest of movie swapping out wigs and accents. It quickly became clear that his bad, gap-toothed Terry-Thomas imitation (with extra eyebrow action) would be all she wrote. The badness
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Review: 'Mortdecai' Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, And Jeff Goldblum

Mortdecai” will leave any viewer with a number of pressing questions: who taught Gwyneth Paltrow to affect British? How many jokes about genitalia can be squeezed into a single film? What exactly happens in this mad beehive of plot maneuvers? And most crucially —why would anyone make this movie? But the last one isn’t meant as a broad shot at “Mortdecai,” which is not without charm. The question is not meant to be snide: you really want to know why director David Koepp and screenwriter Eric Aronson decided to make this film in the first place. It’ll practically eat at you. The story sets newly bankrupt, mustachioed art connoisseur and eccentric dandy Charles Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) on a transatlantic romp to recover a stolen, priceless painting and reap the fiscal benefits before MI5 Agent Martland (Ewan McGregor) —who sustains a love/hate relationship with Mortdecai and a lust
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Mortdecai Review

There is nothing less cool than a person trying to act like they are cool – and it’s not that much different in comedy. A comic performance embellished for maximum mugging and silliness may come off with the exact opposite reaction that was intended. An actor trying to pretend like they are funny without offering a natural knack for wit or tickled charm comes off as deeply unfunny. Case in point: Johnny Depp’s hideously off-key portrayal of an English aristocrat and art dealer in Mortdecai, a globe-trotting comedy of sorts from director David Koepp.

The international locales, A-list ensemble, frantic running gags and trumpet-filled score makes Mortdecai resemble a James Bond parody, like 1967’s Casino Royale or any of the Austin Powers films. What the film sorely lacks is a distinct comedic vibe – or, dare one say it, a mojo? – to keep both the tone consistent atop the rapid-fire jokes.
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David Koepp interview: Mortdecai, Jurassic Park, Indy 4

Mortdecai director David Koepp chats to us about the film, along with Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Mission: Impossible & more.

This piece contains spoilers for Snake Eyes and Mission: Impossible (the first one)

David Koepp has a rather solid CV as a director, including Secret Window with Johnny Depp, the underrated ghost story Stir Of Echoes, and the really fun Joseph Gordon-Levitt bike messenger action film Premium Rush. But as a screenwriter, he’s worked on some of the biggest films of the last 25 years – Jurassic Park and its sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Angels and Demons, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man.

He’s also had a hand in other notable Hollywood hits (and flops) including Carlito’s Way, The Shadow, Snake Eyes, Zathura, Panic Room, Death Becomes Her, and many, many more. He’s had a fascinating career.

His latest directorial effort is Mortdecai, a
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Mortdecai review: Johnny Depp dons a moustache to act the fool

Mortdecai review: Johnny Depp dons a moustache to act the fool
Director: David Koepp; Screenwriter: Eric Aronson; Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum; Running time: 107 mins; Certificate: 15

Since going mainstream in Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp has trawled for laughs with mixed results in big-budget fare like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows and The Lone Ranger. The costume and make-up department has become ever more important in the process of transformation, and his ostentatious 'tache is even a running joke in knockabout caper Mortdecai. This is the last straw.

Depp is a gifted comic actor and the character of Charles Mortdecai, an eccentric art dealer (created by novelist Kyril Bonfiglioli), benefits from his particular brand of effete charm, but this is a performance formed entirely of mannerisms.

The comedy is broad and rather brash, except for Mortdecai's elaborate turn of phrase, peppered with twee English exclamations of "I say," "old boy" and
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‘Mortdecai’ Review: Johnny Depp’s Schtick Wears Thin in This Caper Comedy

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‘Mortdecai’ Review: Johnny Depp’s Schtick Wears Thin in This Caper Comedy
Desperately seeking a “pretty movie stars chase art treasures in world capitals” vibe, this goofy soufflé ultimately falls flat

I admit to being a big fan of watching glamorous movie stars gadding around world capitols in the comedic pursuit of art treasures; I spent countless hours glued to the TV as a kid soaking in comic soufflés like “Charade” and “How to Steal a Million,” and I’ll even defend the much-maligned “Hudson Hawk” for its efforts to keep the genre alive in our modern, cynical era.

If only I could feel as charitable toward “Mortdecai,” a glamorous, jet-set fantasy
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Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp and George Lucas Battle for 2nd at Box Office

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Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp and George Lucas Battle for 2nd at Box Office
Boy Next Door,” “Mortdecai”and “Strange Magic” open against “American Sniper,” which aims for $45 million in repeat win

Johnny Depp and Jennifer Lopez, two stars whose best box box office days appear behind them, will try to bounce back in new movies opening Friday. But with the record-breaking reigning champ “American Sniper” turning into a cultural phenomenon, they may have picked the wrong weekend.

Lopez is featured in Universal Pictures’ R-rated erotic thriller “The Boy Next Door” as a high school teacher who becomes the object of a young neighbor’s obsession after a one-night stand. Rob Cohen directs and Ryan Guzman,
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No One Likes Johnny Depp's Mustache in UK Trailer for 'Mortdecai'

"What is that infernal thing on your lip?" If you think Johnny Depp looks terrible in the new rogue comedy Mortdecai, you're not the only one. Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor both hate the actor's mustache in the new trailer from the United Kingdom. Of course, by the looks of this trailer (and the previous Us theatrical trailer), it's not just the mustache that's a turn-off. This doesn't look funny at all. This feels like something that was actually imported from across the pond and just doesn't work over here. It's dry, but not in an appealing way. It would be nice if Johnny Depp did something worthwhile again. Watch! Here's the new UK trailer for David Koepp's Mortdecai from Webzine Check: You can still watch the Us theatrical trailer for Mortdecai right here. Mortdecai is directed by David Koepp (Premium Rush, The Secret Window) and written by Eric Aronson,
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'Mortdecai' TV Spots: Johnny Depp Saves the World

'Mortdecai' TV Spots: Johnny Depp Saves the World
If you loved Johnny Depp's quirky, unexpected turn in this fall's horror comedy Tusk, you'll surely want to check out his next mad creation for the big screen in Mortdecai. The caper comedy only has a little more than a month before it hits cinemas across the country. Lionsgate has released two new TV spots from this David Koepp directed adventure, which show Depp having a lot of fun.

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and a special charm. He is in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account. Will this painting lead him to a treasure filled with Nazi gold?

This international adventure also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn,
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‘Mortdecai’ Trailer: Johnny Depp Is A British Rogue In America

‘Mortdecai’ Trailer: Johnny Depp Is A British Rogue In America
A very valuable painting has been swiped, and our hero agrees to find it for queen and country — plus expenses and reasonable overheard, of course. Johnny Depp stars as Lord Charles Mortdecai, mustachioed art dealer/aficionado and part-time rogue, who crosses the pond to America in search of the missing piece. Here’s the final trailer for Lionsgate’s Mortdecai, which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany. David Koepp directs from a screenplay by Eric Aronson. The fun begins January 23.
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Johnny Depp Is A Part Time Rogue in Mortdecai Trailer and Poster

Headed to theaters on January 23, 2015, Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, and Paul Bettany star in the latest trailer for Lionsgate’s upcoming movie, Mortdecai.

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

David Koepp (Zathura, War Of The Worlds) is directing from a script written by Eric Aronson.

The film is based on the novel entitled “Don’t Point That Thing At Me” by Kyril Bonfiglioli.

Visit the official website: http://mortdecaithemovie.tumblr.com/

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MortdecaiTheFilm

Official Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/PartTimeRogue #Mortdecai

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Watch: Johnny Depp is a Moron in the Second Trailer for 'Mortdecai'

There's a moment in the second trailer for the art heist comedy Mortdecai where Johnny Depp, as the title character, sighs audibly out of exasperation. That's exactly how I feel when watching this latest tease for the film coming in February of next year. Honestly, I don't know how this movie got made. No, I haven't seen the film yet, so I'm not saying that because I know it's terrible. But I'm saying that because I have no idea who this film appeals to beyond people who will see anything that Johnny Depp appears in on the big screen. Maybe that's enough, but this trailer just looks like another Pink Panther remake to ignore. Watch! Here's the second trailer for David Koepp's Mortdecai, originally from Yahoo: If you haven't seen the teaser trailer for Mortdecai yet, you can still watch it right here. Mortdecai is directed by David Koepp (Premium Rush,
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Four New Mortdecai Character Posters Feature Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn

In anticipation of the highly-entertaining action comedy, Mortdecai, Lionsgate has released four brand new character posters.

This January, the quirky and charming Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) will set off on an outrageous mission to find a piece of art that he believes to be filled with Nazi gold.

Check out Mortdecai himself, plus a few of his friends, in the playful character posters below.

Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, and Olivia Munn, this amusing adventure is one you don’t want to miss.

Directed by David Koepp, with a screenplay by Eric Aronson, based on the novel entitled “Don’t Point That Thing At Me” by Kyril Bonfiglioli, Mortdecai hits theaters on January 23, 2015.

Check out the official Mortdecai site to see what Charlie Mortdecai really thinks about his friends: http://mortdecaithemovie.tumblr.com/

https://twitter.com/PartTimeRogue

https://www.facebook.com/MortdecaiTheFilm

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Johnny Depp Goes On an Adventure as Charlie Mortdecai In New Teaser Trailer

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Johnny Depp Goes On an Adventure as Charlie Mortdecai In New Teaser Trailer
Johnny Depp sets out on an international adventure in the new teaser trailer for his upcoming action film, ‘Mortdecai.’ The actor stars as the comedy’s title character, Charlie Mortdecai, who’s faced with a mysteriously missing piece of art. The trailer follows Charlie as he sets out to uncover the stole item that may hold the code to unlimited wealth. ‘Mortdecai’ was written by Eric Aronson, who based the story on Kyril Bonfigllioli’s novel, ‘Don’t Point That Thing At Me.’ The action comedy was helmed by David Koepp, who previously directed Depp in the 2004 mystery thriller, ‘Secret Window.’ Lionsgate, which will distribute the film in theaters on February 6, 2015, [ Read More ]

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First Trailer for the Action Comedy Mortdecai Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow & Jeff Goldblum

Directed by David Koepp (screenwriter Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible; writer/director Premium Rush, Sir of Echos) off a screenplay by Eric Aronson, Mortdecai is scheduled for theatrical release next year. Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Mortdecai stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum, Oliver Platt, and Paul Bettany, and will be released in theaters on February 6th, 2015.
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Johnny Depp Goes Blonde in First Mortdecai Trailer

Watch Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany in the brand new trailer for the action comedy Mortdecai.

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

The film, based on “Don’t Point That Thing At Me,” is from the three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli.

David Koepp (Premium Rush) is directing the film from a screenplay by Eric Aronson.

Also featuring Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum and Oliver Platt, Lionsgate will open Mortdecai in theaters on February 6, 2015.

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