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Rum Diary Review (Johnny Depp)

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Rum Diary Movie Review


 Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

The film is rich in atmospherics and captures the 1950’s Puerto Rico beautifully. The screenplay is however a bit muddled and confusing here and there. But Depp is first rate and not to miss out is Richard Jenkins as the editor-in-chief who breathes the editorial policy: that of the American dream. A sure scene stealer after Depp. Finally, Eckhart is his usual dependable self with Amber Heard in a smouldering avatar.

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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

The Rum Diary is a far, far sober offering with drinks and cigarettes occupying most of its decadent slot.Even though the source matter provides enough spots to accommodate eccentricities and spunk, the proceedings go about with perplexing dreariness. Perfectly funny lines are often blurted out in such a barren way, you won’t even notice. Visually too, The Rum Diary, despite its exotic geography, wears a saturated, bland face. Diary is primarily fascinating because of Kemp’s quirky temperament. And because he’s played by Depp, a master of this variety, it looks easier than it probably is.Given that The Rum Diary was written long before Fear and Loathing, the content is almost a prelude and reflection of the author and his personality in-the-making. It’s how Kemp puts it, ‘I got no voice.’But by the end of it, he does. ‘A voice made of ink and rage.’ Pity, only a fraction of it can be heard in the movie.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:AP Site:IndianExpress

The Rum Diary’ is based on Thompson’s heavily autobiographical novel by the same name, which he wrote as a 22-year-old in the early 1960s after a stint as a newspaper reporter in San Juan, Puerto Rico.You might expect a tribute such as this to be sycophantic, but director Bruce Robinson (famous for the brilliant cult film ‘Withnail & I’) keeps a realistic tone. Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation, does not present the cartoonish Thompson we have come to expect. It is a refreshing, grounded view of the writer.Depp, at this point, would seem not to be aging. This more low-key performance as a Thompson alter-ego feels truer than the manic derangement of ‘Fear and Loathing’, but the role is also lacking yearning and real energy.Thompson went on to find his voice, but ‘The Rum Diary’, entertaining and well-intended, comes just shy of discovering its own.

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