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Today I’m reviewing Mortdecai.

Short Synopsis:

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. **

Non-Spoiler Review:

Mortdecai brings a few okay antics to the screen but it just falls over itself constantly during the movie. Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai feels like an extension of Jack Sparrow. If you would still want to watch this movie then be prepared to enjoy Jack Sparrow outside of the pirate gear.


I give this movie a 4.3 out of 10.

This Mortdecai Review contains possible spoilers. You’ve been warned.


** Warning, Possible Spoilers!!!! **



The Good:

  • Paul Bettany was a great sense of comedic relief. He was a ladies man and body guard for Mortdecai. Jock was hands down the best thing about this movie. He had pivotal role in the progression of the movie.
  • The interaction between Johanna (Paltrow), Martland (McGregor) and Mortdecai (Depp) was amusing. The thought of having the love-triangle of sorts was a nice touch. You see the power of Johanna and how smart she was against each character in the movie. She was a strong character and came in second after Jock.


The Bad: 

Mortdecai had too many comparable things to Jack Sparrow. When he moved around through the scenes your mind just couldn’t escape thinking “why is Jack wearing regular clothes? And where is Will Turner?” This alone made the movie seem weird.

The plot was all over the place. You would have a hard time keeping track of things happening in the story. There are a ton of bad guys running after Mortdecai all after hearing word from one art aficionado. Everyone is going crazy over a rumor of a rumor. This sparks a mad race to find this one painting that might contain a bank account on the back of it.

Not enough Jeff Goldblum!!! He only received a very small cameo, come on…

The ending is quite silly. You have everything working out in the end for Mortdecai. It was wrapped up a little too well. He receives enough money to keep his house and pay off his taxes while sticking it to the police system.


The Hypothetical:

It would be a different movie if someone else was cast as Mortdecai. Unfortunately for this movie a lot of things were wrong with it. The main thing would be casting Johnny Depp as the lead. This character felt like a mix between Inspector Clouseau and Mr. Magoo which seems good on paper. It’s just the stink of Jack Sparrow is following Johnny Depp that it takes you out of the movie each time he’s on the scene. Maybe Christoph Waltz could have been a better casting solution for Mortdecai.



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