SOPHISTICATION HAS A NAME.
Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp), an art dealer and swindler who owes the U.K. government a lot of money, reluctantly agrees to help inspector Alistair Martland (Ewan McGregor) find a stolen Goya painting. This adaptation of a novel that’s part of a popular series of comic thrillers was maligned by critics and a box-office flop, but it helps to approach it as a bomb. The story is for the birds and there are far too few laughs in this over-the-top, silly adventure… but it isn’t dull and Paul Bettany is amusing as the manservant no woman can resist. Depp is probably having more fun than you.
2015-U.S. 107 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by David Koepp. Novel: Kyril Bonfiglioli (”Don’t Point That Thing at Me”). Cast: Johnny Depp (Charlie Mortdecai), Ewan McGregor (Alistair Martland), Gwyneth Paltrow (Johanna Mortdecai), Paul Bettany, Jonny Pasvolsky, Olivia Munn… Jeff Goldblum.
Trivia: Co-produced by Depp.