Johnny Depp is on typically oddball form in 'Mortdecai'.
We're starting to think that, actually, it's way off the mark to assume that Johnny Depp is not picking the right roles. Whereas his contemporaries Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr seem more than capable of mixing straight up blockbusters with genuine quality cinema, Depp hasn't really made a good movie since Public Enemies - which certainly had its detractors.
Johnny Depp as Mortdecai
Of course, the 51-year-old has been moving into 'character actor' territory for years now and appears to thrive in the off-beat portrayal. He's played the Mad Hatter, Hunter S Thompson, Tonto, Jack Sparrow, Barnabas Collins and now, Kyril's Bonfiglioli's moustachioed art dealer Charlie Mortdecai. Eric Aronson's Mortdecai sees Depp trekking across the globe on the hunt for a stolen painting thought to hold the key to some mystery treasure.
The trailer doesn't hold much promise, with Depp up to his usual oddball antics. It's a little slapstick, a little silly and basically looks like another Pink Panther movie. That may not be a particularly bad thing, but my oh my, does it leave us longing for Black Mass - the true story of criminal Whitey Bulger who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
However, before then we'll have Mortedecai, which co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Olivia Munn. It's set for release in February 25, 2014 when it'll go up against The Seventh Sun, with Jeff Bridges, and the frankly bizarre looking Jupiter Ascending.