THE TOURIST – DEPP AND JOLIE AND THAT IS ABOUT IT
Posted by Vivek on December 10, 2010 | No Comments
Cast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
The Tourist is about good looks. Angelina Jolie’s looks are praised throughout as is Johnny Depp’s and the city of Venice looks fascinating, but this movie pretty much ends there. It is high on vanity and low on plot value. Matter of fact the plot appears to unfold and wrap up by the tenth scene and from then on it is a drag to a finish line, that can be seen from miles away.
The movie is about chasing Angelina, who in turn is chasing someone, but that someone is not Johnny, but the world thinks it is Johnny and Johnny knows it is not Johnny…sounds confusing, problem is if only it were. It is way too simple and almost boring and mundane.
The photography is good, Johnny Depp acts well, but there is not much to enact. Angelina looks good and does not act. If anything is a highlight in this film, it has to be the exterior shots of Europe and particularly of Venice.
Former James Bond, Timothy Dalton makes an appearance and is probably the only saving grace in this film. The script meanders, with starts and spurts. The humor is light and the background music is soothing.
Net impact is that one of the most anticipated films, primarily because it was getting a couple of good actors together, falls flat and not because it does not meet expectations, it does not even meet the basic of a compelling script. What a waste of the actors.
Convenience is the name of the game and a thousand questions remain unanswered, by the time this movie comes to an end. It almost reminds one of the Bollywood film, Anthony Kaun Hain. Goes round in circles.
The cinematography and the production values are solid and Depp tries to make the best of a bad situation. These three highlights prevent the film from becoming a total washout. Watch this on DVD if you must or it might make sense to give it a miss altogether, unless you are the most die hard Angelina Jolie fan.