The Rum Diary was disappointing too. Johnny Depp is easily one of the greatest actors of our generation. He has an incredible ability to make almost every character so original and interesting. Almost.
In The Rum Diary he plays Paul Kemp, a journalist who goes to Puerto Rico, going on a journey in which nothing really happens. Paul Kemp might be the most regular character Depp has ever played. He does nothing out of the ordinary and nothing memorable. Another great actor, Giovanni Ribisi also gives a forgettable performance as Paul’s drug addicted friend. He’ll remind you of Steve-O a couple years back when he too was battling drugs. The movie was based on a novel by one of Depp’s heroes, Hunter S. Thompson, who also wrote the book that would become Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
The greatness of Fear and Loathing made me very eager to see this movie. It was also the first movie I had seen at Kimball’s theater downtown. The only theater I’ve been to that sells alcohol. I was excited to see the movie and more exited to be able to drink rum while watching it. Sadly it did not live up to my expectations.
That’s two movies in a row that haven’t been great. Here’s hoping that Immortals will do the trick. I’m a huge fan of the director so I can’t wait for it to come out Friday. I’ve got high hopes but then again I remember what happened the last time I said that…