Posted on 12/16/10 08:10 PM
What, at first glance, could have been a huge Oscar contender, turned out to be just an okay piece of silly entertainment. The movie was not a fail on all levels, but it could have (and should have!) been better. Here's the breakdown...
Hollywood's Finest: Say what you will about Angelina Jolie or Johnny Depp, but theirs no denying that yeah our one of our generations top actors in the business, and have never been in a movie together until now. So naturally one would think when combining the star power you would strike gold!...right? eeehhh not quite. Depp and Jolie are wonderful actors, but they cant seem to find a connection together on screen. Depp gives a funny and charming performance as an average man who falls in love with Jolie's character, but the problem lies with Jolie herself. I couldn't help but feel that her role was only used for pure eye candy and diversion. In sort Johnny Depp- Thumbs Up, Angelina Jolie- Thumbs Down.
The Overall Plot: Just like the acting, this was a plot that should have been much better than it actually was. It's a tough topic to touch on because I dont want to be a jerk and give away important points and the some-what clever twist. But it seems as though the pacing was off (especially in the beginning) and they took the easy way out with the ending.
The Action and Humor: Actually not bad. Where the movie wins is in its ability to not shove a big plate of "in your face action" right at you. The action scenes are a bit more sophisticated and realistic than one would except from this movie and it was all very exciting to watch. As for the humor, I thought Johnny Depp played a very funny and down to earth (he actual refers to himself as this) character. There was no slapstick humor, but a lot of what was said and done was funny in a subtle way, and it all really pays off!
Bottom Line: While not the amazing star showcase it should have been, Johnny Depp seems to find just enough charm, Venice was a wonderful city to look at through the screen, the action and humor were pleasantly subtle, and a twist that didn't have me in shock but was still somewhat surprising, I'd say The Tourist is a watchable DVD rental that will most likely be a fun and entertaining time in the moment, but wont really be remembered down the road.