Mortdecai

Mortdecai

David Koepp (2015)

102min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Johnny Depp is in danger of being upstaged by his own moustache in this knockabout crime caper. The title character of the dodgy British art dealer benefits from the actor's roguish charm and his crisp delivery of some very flowery dialogue. But, like the film as a whole, it's a performance comprised of affectations, anachronisms and ostentatious facial hair. Paul Bettany is particularly hard done by, playing Mortdecai's modern-day "man servant", whose only duty is to bludgeon the bad guys who get in the way of his master's efforts to recover a stolen Goya. His character's name is Jock Strapp - and the jokes are delivered with a similarly heavy hand. Director David Koepp (best known for scripting Hollywood thrillers like Mission: Impossible) aims for Jeeves and Wooster-inspired satire, but without the olde worlde backdrop, this is just a tepid fish-out-of-water farce. Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor try to make Mortdecai seem less conspicuous with their own overly plummy accents but, except for the odd chuckle here and there, the talented cast struggles to inject much comedy value.

Summary

An art dealer and lovable rogue puts his handsome looks and natural charm to good use while on a globe-trotting race against time involving a group of angry Russians and MI5 agents. He's desperate to locate a stolen painting which contains the key to unlocking a stash of Nazi gold before his enemies can get their hands on it. Crime comedy, starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Mortdecai Johnny Depp
Johanna Mortdecai Gwyneth Paltrow
Inspector Alistair Martland Ewan McGregor
Jock Strapp Paul Bettany
Georgina Krampf Olivia Munn
Milton Krampf Jeff Goldblum
Emil Strago Jonny Pasvolsky
Director David Koepp
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Jan 2015
Comedy