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‘Mortdecai’: Johnny Depp’s Quirky Comedy Is Slammed By Critics

Fri, January 23, 2015 9:25am EDT by Chloe Melas 3 Comments

Johnny’s new comedy, ‘Mortdecai,’ where he plays a goofy spy is being called ‘desperate’ and ‘unfunny’ in numerous reviews! Do you think ‘Mortdecai’ missed the mark?

Johnny Depp might not want to read the reviews of her latest film, Mortdecai, also starring Gwyneth Paltrow. The 51-year-old actor loves playing obscure characters like Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, Tonto in The Lone Ranger and the Wolf in Into The Woods but his role as Charlie Mortdecai isn’t getting the same praise that his films normally get, instead it’s getting totally panned!

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The movie also stars, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Jeff Goldblum, so we are sure that these stars are pretty bummed. His mission in the movie is to recover a stolen painting that has a code to a secret vault filed with gold. But even though his costume is hilarious and the trailer looks great, the critics are saying not to be fooled.

Variety: “There’s a fatal shortage of zingers to supplement its exhausting zaniness. Only particularly dedicated devotees of Johnny Depp’s latter-day strain of mugging—here channeling Austin Powers by way of P.G. Wodehouse — will delight in this expensive-looking oddity.”

The New York Times: “Mortdecai” might as well be called “The Johnny Depp Movie,” because its preening star, wearing an ascot and a walrus mustache that becomes a tiresome running joke, is the whole show. And what a frantically dull spectacle this vanity project is.
The Hollywood Reporter: “Mortdecai is stuffed with star names and classic farce ingredients, but its fatal flaw is an almost surreal lack of jokes. The main players spend almost every scene mugging desperately for the camera, milking every possible lowbrow sexual innuendo and clumsy slapstick mishap in novice screenwriter Eric Aronson’s thin script. Ironically, these overcooked performances are often more hindrance than help when the occasional funny line arises.”

The Wrap: “Desperately seeking a ‘pretty movie stars chase art treasures in world capitals’ vibe, this goofy soufflé ultimately falls flat.”

Time Out London: “Depp may be suffering the most catastrophic career slump since Eddie Murphy said yes to Norbit, but he’s still perfectly watchable. The script, meanwhile, offers up a small handful of decent gags, and there are just enough pratfalls and wacky cameos (Paul Whitehouse! Jeff Goldblum!) to drag us through the boring bits. But as the plot ties itself in ever more uninteresting knots, a nagging question remains: who is Mortdecai for? It’s not thrilling enough for the multiplex crowd and not funny enough to work as out-and-out comedy. The aristocratic in-jokes are sure to alienate US audiences, while Brits will be put off by the sheer relentless fakery of it all.”

HollywoodLifers, will you be seeing Mortdecai?

— Chloe Melas