Sunday, December 12, 2010
I was pleasantly surprised at how fun The Tourist ended up being. Of course I'm a huge fan of Johnny Depp, so I knew if the movie sank, I'd at least get to look at him for 1 hour and 43 minutes. It's a win win. I know this movie didn't receive great reviews, but I still enjoyed it for what it was - a playful cat and mouse blockbuster with big stars in exotic settings. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, (say that ten times twice) directs this 2005 French thriller remake that went unreleased in the UK and the US. Depp stars as maths teacher Frank Tupelo, an American tourist who meets a beautiful British woman, Elise (Angelina Jolie) on a train to Venice and soon finds himself targeted by Interpol agent (Paul Bettany who I adore btw), and a vicious gangster (Steven Berkoff). Elise is acting under the orders of Alexander, her mysterious, fugitive lover, who instructed her to board a train and pick someone of similar height and build in order to throw Interpol off. However, as the pair zip around Venice dodging gangsters and staying one step ahead of the cops. It's during this time the two fall unexpectedly in love with each other. The film spends the first hour gradually drawing us into the relationship of Elise and Frank. It does a fun job leaving the viewer to decide the true motivation behind the pairing as the action heats up near the end in Venice, (although, I guessed the ending right from the start). For a brief shining moment, the film is all fun and games mixed in with a little flirtations. Depp is not nearly so lovely in this movie as he's been in the past - he resembled the heck out of Eddie Vedder. It was a little disappointing, but over all I found it refreshing to see him play such a timid unsure-of-himself role. I thoroughly adored the sad quality he gave to his character. As for Jolie, she was quite lovely in this film, a real feline if you will. Her elegance was breathtaking, engaging in an English accent and wearing some of the finest threads in town. I do have to question her hair stylist though. Throughout the entire movie her hair was highly and disappointingly desecrating. I don't know what they were thinking. I’ve had better. The Tourist is enjoyable, but definitely light on substance. The plot is a little weak but it was fun and for a little under two hours or so you'll enjoy this touristy movie for it is. RATING: C-
What did you think?