Call me a pig, but wanting to catch Eva Green naked was the main draw to this film when I rented it. But the film is intense in and of itself. And while the explicit nude scenes are what earn this film it's rating, it's also a key part of the story and the culture.
Just watched "The Tourist" - a movie that didn't know what it wanted to be, and yet knew full well what it was, and tried it's best to lie (not mislead) to the audience to make it seem otherwise. There's a difference between lying and misleading. Misleading and misdirection are key character traits to good movies that try to conceal the plot. Lying doesn't have the concealment, it's a sign of a bad script, and ta weak way to hold up a story.
Johnny Depp agreeing to do this flick was a mistake, specifically because he was being typecast. It doesn't take long for you to see he's the typical neurotic Depp character -- which Johnny tries to play straight.. But, to cut to the chase (and try not to spoil it for those who haven't seen it), in the end he remains Cap'n Jack Sparrow. Paul Bettany, who plays an agent in the movie, supports that analogy (Depp is Sparrow in this film) through his own grandiose incompetence that mirrors British naval officers in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.
It's marketed as a spy /mistaken identity film, it tries to be a comedy and a romance as well - and yet it fails with all three areas.
I connected to this movie in a number of ways. Not with The Dead, which plays a major role in the film. Connections through music and how key points in our lives have a soundtrack, that resonates with me. How certian bars of music can instantly make us come alive with recollection.
There'sa "Wonder Years" vibe to the film. It's a tale of re-connection, of sacrifice, of rehabilitation... of music, of love.
This was not a straightforward concert movie, which could have been done considering the talent that performed in this show. It was a rambling story about not only the venue, but Billy Joel, the New York Mets and New York City. I can see that being a turnoff to some people who wanted to watch the last concerts at Shea... But knowing the venue, knowing the location, knowing the performers and seeing it all linked together through the film, it just made this a grandly enjoyable documentary for me.