Mortdecai | Movie Review 23 Jan 2015   264


Cast: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn
Director: David Koepp
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes

Critics Review

Times of India (TOI):

From the moustache down to his character’s bon vivant-isms, this is among Johnny Depp’s craziest and looniest screen outings. We get an inkling of this in the opening scene, where the debonair Mortdecai (with Oxford accent on fourth gear) meets three Chinese toughs for an art deal. Mortdecai has cheated them in the past and they now intend to collect.
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After a massive dip in his career Johnny Depp had a renaissance when the first ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ released in 2003. It seemed like we finally had an action adventure hero plus a great performer who also exuded comedic chops. Since then he’s made three sequels, and plenty more movies where he’s played a garish and quirky character wearing outlandish clothes and doing even stranger things.
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NDTV Movies:

Mostly set in contemporary England, but aiming for the zingy retro feel of a vintage Peter Sellers or Terry-Thomas feature from the Swinging Sixties, Mortdecai is an anachronistic mess that never succeeds in re-creating the breezy tone or snappy rhythm of the classic caper movies that it aims to pastiche. Despite a heavyweight cast and the solid directing skills of A-list screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Panic Room, Spider-Man), this charmless farce ends up as another black mark on Johnny Depp’s recent track record of patchy pet projects.
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The Indian Express:

EVERYTHING British, and then some. The dissolute lord and the loyal “manservant”; the manor and the manner; Oxford and Eton; Rolls-Royce and the pin-stripes; old libraries with butlers, and older houses with the famous water-colours — Mortdecai taps into all that as it brings forth a little-known series of four comic-action novels written in the 1970s by author Kyril Bonfiglioli, for a film barely saved from drowning by the charm of its actors.
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It is difficult to understand why Johnny Depp agreed to make Mortdecai, says Paloma Sharma. Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) — an aristocrat, art dealer and moustache aficionado — is a character so stereotypically English that one would think an Indian wrote him as a joke, as a sort of revenge for the almost 200 years of colonization.
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