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Thursday, November 3, 2011

"The Rum Diary" Dies Before it Begins

Johnny Depp is the king of odd roles. "The Rum Diary" is based off of the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, which is about Paul Kemp (Depp) who moves to San Juan, Puerto Rico during the 1950's to work for a daily newspaper. At first, the newspaper is just another job to Paul until the rum gets in the way. Kemp eventually learns that the newspaper and Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart) want to continue to Americanize Puerto Rico instead of discussing the real issues at hand.

The film is extremely awkward from Depp walking around in his boxers after a rough night to his attempt to seduce Chenault (Amber Heard). Now, maybe that's how Depp wanted Paul to be, but his acting was off. Depp is one of the most amazing actors of this generation, but when his other characters pop out into different roles it doesn't make the character believable.

"The Rum Diary" isn't a complete lost. Paul has tons of drunken escapades and learns about cock fighting. Those parts will keep the audience engaged.

Overall, once the end credits roll there will be someone who will say- "That film was awkward."

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