OldManGrumpus (oldmangrumpus) wrote,

The Rum Diary Review

To my faithful readers (both of them):

No, I'm not dead. If you are dead, I'm sorry I missed you.

My unemployed life has been... sluggish. And my personal life, well, that's taken a positive turn, but that's another story.

I'm posting because I just got back from a free preview of The Rum Diary. While the film is good by itself, what I wish to warn people about is the deceptive ad campaign that seems to be trying to link this to Johnny Depp's performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. "Diary" plays as more of a drama with comic elements, and a straight-ahead story, than the insane chaos of "Fear and Loathing". Yeah, Depp basically plays Hunter S. Thompson in both movies, but that's about where comparisons should end.

The Rum Diary is the story of a reporter, down on his luck, trying to make a go of it at a broken-down newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the corruption and vice he finds there. Nothing too dark or twisted, but corruption all the same. And I think he has a lot more chemistry with his co-star here (some little 20 something chickadee I'd never heard of before) than he did with Angelina Jolie in The Tourist. But the real steal of the show goes to Michael Rispoli as his best friend in San Juan, and a truly insane character played by Giovanni Ribisi.
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