Mortdecai

Jays Rating:
Actors: / /

In the 70’s, a series of books about a bumbling detective was very popular in the United Kingdom and now the action-comedy Mortdecai is coming to the big screen. Art dealer and part time detective Charles Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) and his gorgeous wife Johanna (Gwyneth Paltrow) set their sights on recovering a stolen painting. The painting is alleged to have a code on the back of it that will lead to Nazi treasure. (And that’s the plot – the whole thing.) He travels the world with his bodyguard and friend Jock (Paul Bettany) looking for the painting while pursued by Russian agents. Mortgecai seeks help from his old college friend, Inspector Marcland (Ewan McGregor) who incidentally seems to have a crush on Johanna. This film is supposed to be an action-comedy but it’s not that amusing. Half the jokes just aren’t funny and a lot are downright stupid. When they do find something humorous they repeat it over and over. For example, it was funny the first time Johanna gags when Mortgecai starts to kiss her, but after the third or fourth time I was beginning to think it was because he had bad breath and not a joke. (Okay, now I’m gagging.) It’s not really the actors fault because the characters were semi-interesting and the performances were fine. It’s the script that’s lazy, ludicrous, and just a poor quality all around. The movie actually reminds me of a combination of James Bond, The Pink Panther and Austin Powers, but not nearly as good as any of them. Since my wife enjoyed the English comedy I won’t allow it to slide below a D+ rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA