(2015) (Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow) (R)
- The following is an unedited version of our final review that may contain spelling, grammatical, and/or factual errors. This film was not screened in advance for reviewers. Our final review will be posted later.
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action-Comedy: A roguish art dealer, deep in debt, travels around the world and deals with an assortment of people who are also after a stolen painting that reportedly contains a code leading to a bank account filled with Nazi gold.
- Charlie Mortdecai (JOHNNY DEPP) is a roguish art dealer who sees himself as a debonair man of the world, and he indeed lives in a huge mansion with a pretty wife, Johanna (GWYNETH PALTROW), and a "man-servant" in Jock Strapp (PAUL BETTANY), who also serves as his bodyguard. The latter comes in handy when Mortdecai runs afoul of those he's trying to do business with, especially considering his habit of previously screwing over such people.
But when a Goya painting is stolen while being retouched by an artist who's murdered, MI5 official Alistair Martland (EWAN McGREGOR) realizes he must call on Mortdecai since he knows all those working all angles of the art world. And then there's the fact that revolutionary Emil Strago (JONNY PASVOLSKY) wants to get his hands on the painting to fund an upcoming uprising. Mortdecai agrees, especially since he asks for a finder's fee -- that might help offset the eight million pounds he owes the government -- and believes that solving the case will impress Johanna who hates his new mustache but likes the attention Alistair throws her way.
Mortdecai ends up contacting a rival dealer, Sir Graham (MICHAEL CULKIN), to see if he knows anything, as well as art smuggler Spinoza (PAUL WHITEHOUSE). He eventually runs afoul of Graham's client, Russian mobster Romanov (ULRICH THOMSEN), and then ends up in Los Angeles dealing with billionaire Milton Krampf (JEFF GOLDBLUM) and his reportedly nymphomaniac daughter, Georgina (OLIVIA MUNN). As Mortdecai tries to find the painting and make money from that, he also hopes to keep his wife from falling for Alistair.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of Depp or anyone else in the cast they might be interested, while the previews showing slapstick/goofy style material might entice some older teens.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For some language and sexual material.
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