As apparently Johnny Depp's last surviving fan, I often feel the need to remind people that he is actually a pretty great actor when given the right movie. Is his newest film, MORTDECAI, proof of that? Eh, I don't know. But I'd be lying if said I didn't chuckle a few times while watching the teaser trailer (and I do believe that it is in fact a comedy).
Actually, MORTDECAI may be the most Johnny Depp movie we've seen in a while, complete with quirk and inside jokes that we may never understand. The teaser doesn't give away much, except for the fact that Johnny Depp plays the title character, a somewhat sloppy art detective who is inexplicably charming to many (include Gwyneth Paltrow, who's also in the film). More in the synopsis:
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Again, super Johnny Depp-ish. Jeff Goldblum, Ewan McGregor and Paul Bettany are also in the film that is based on the novel "Don’t Point That Thing At Me" by Kyril Bonfiglioli (Which I'm thinking you may have to be a fan of in order to truly appreciate this trailer. Otherwise, you may be scratching your head through some parts of it like I was). The film is directed by David Koepp, who also directed Depp ten years ago in The Secret Window.
Check out the trailer for MORTDECAI:
MORTDECAI opens nationwide on February 6th.