The Tourist ~ (USA, 2010) ~ DVD

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck directed this rather mediocre attempt at high-end, elegant international intrigue and romance. I just wanted to say the name of the director again: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Then there’s Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Depp (whom I generally like) does meek and deep like no one else. And Jolie. If her waist gets any thinner she’s liable to snap in two.

The Tourist trots out the dream team of Jolie/Depp and we’re meant to roll over in submission. Read a little about the many directorial changes, and you get the idea what this project had to contend with. And it appears they did not contend very well.

I dislike movies that try to mix comedy and thriller and romance. They always seem schizophrenic to me. There are exceptions, but it’s a difficult juggling act. Both Jolie and Depp are not who they seem, so it would be misleading to tell who they “are”. Suffice ut to say that we’re supposed to be surprised but the endgame revelations, but I wasn’t, and you shouldn’t  be either. Really there is nothing here that should peak your interest. This is a pass.


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