Mortdecai is based off of a book series and stars Johnny Depp as Mortdecai an Arts dealer, Gwyneth Paltrow as his wife, Ewan McGregor as the police chief and Jeff Goldblum and Olivia Munn as a father daughter duo of rival dealers as each of them race around the world trying to find a precious painting.
Wow, this was a complete and utter train wreck to sit through from start to finish as nothing in it works in any way at all:
- First of all the comedy is not funny, you very quickly tire of that excruciating accent Depp puts on as well as the endless jokes about his moustache, the police chief and the bumbling around which just goes on and on and on and is so poorly handled by director David Koepp that his overall judgment in the chair has to be called into question.
- Secondly the performances all around are just horrible bar one exception and that is Paul Bettany who effectively spoofs the Jason Statham action hero and does it very well but sadly his character is effectively left on the leash for the entire film and you just sit there waiting for him to be cut loose and end the film in an hour but everyone else around him just drops the ball into the quicksand, Depp as I said becomes increasingly annoying, Paltrow is little better, McGregor does a very poor imitation of Chief Quimby from Inspector Gadget and Goldblum and Munn get little if anything to do.
- And lastly none of it story wise really holds together or has any coherence to it and you again sit there being totally lost and thinking "what is going on here, none of this is making any sense." and for a silly comedy like this one it isn't good enough.
Mortdecai sadly is very much what a new live action Inspector Gadget reboot could look like in the wrong hands and its only a pity Dr. Claw and his MAD Agents weren't here to save this film as its a disaster from every angle, 0 out of 5.