Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Rum Diary - Movie Review

The Rum Diary (R) 120 minutes C+
The price of everything, the value of nothing

Starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins, Bill Smitrovich, Julian Holloway

The Rum Diary is fun, and a bit over the top.  Then again, it's based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson so what do you expect... I expected a script that would be less campy and more edgy.  The Richard Jenkins and Giovanni Ribisi characters were wasted, while Amber Heard's primary role is eye candy and nothing more.  Aaron Eckhart and Johnny Depp makes this worthwhile.  Depp is charming, his character grew on me as the film progressed.  Eckhart simply manges not to over act, which seems to be no small feat in this adventure dramedy.

Thompson wrote this novel in his twenties, it wasn't published until 40 years later.  Allegedly, it also took almost a decade for the film adaptation to get off the ground, plus a couple more years to land in theatres. This might be a fun trip for Hunter S. Thompson fans, everyone else should proceed with caution.

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