Is Mortdecai more than a mustache?

Mortdecai Final One Sheet

Sometimes you just want a light funny movie to make your day. And maybe some eye candy. So the idea of Johnny Depp playing funny as a British art smuggler with a curly mustache in Mortdecai on the surface someone like a pleasurable experience at the movie. But you would be wrong.

Where did Mortdecai go wrong? Almost everywhere. Johnny Depp is once again playing an oddball character, Gwyneth Paltrow plays his wife Johanna but it feels like she’s playing herself. Each time she does something I expect her to open up her laptop and post on Goop about her adventures for the day. Ewan McGregor is the MI-5 inspector Martland who’s madly in love with Johanna who left him for Mortdecai back at University. But there’s Paul Bettany as Jock the manservant/bodyguard who when he’s not guarding Mortdecai he’s having sex. That’s the running gag and actually better then most of the this film. Every remotely funny scene involved Jock in some way shape or form. Jeff Goldblum arrives as Krampf an American who’s channeling Steve Jobs and Olivia Munn as his nymphomaniac daughter Georgina.

Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp in Mortdecai


Mortdecai managed to make a comedy art caper lack humor. So much went wrong here. Don’t do it to yourself.

My Rating: Wait for cable or don’t.
Director: David Koepp
Studio: Lionsgate
Release Date: January 23, 2015
Run time: 106 minutes
MPAA Rating: R