Posts Tagged ‘Johnny Depp’

Film: 21 Jump Street

Year 2012

Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Ice Cube, Dax Flame, Chris Parnell, Ellie Kemper, Jake M. Johnson, Nick Offerman, Holly Robinson Peete, Johnny Pemberton, Stanley Wong.

Plot: In high school, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) was a dork and Jenko (Channing Tatum) was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a drug ring that is supplying high school students synthetic drugs.

Review: originally a long running TV Series from the late 80’s early 90’s with a very Youthful Johnny Depp, although not old enough to remember the original series, cough, cough splutter, splutter! this made a cracking one off comedy film, the comedy pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is pure film magic, they bounce of each other with very little effort for maximum return. Also another Superbad actor Dave Franco makes an appearance as the posh drug pusher Eric Molson another great actor.

Not very convincing as high school kids Hill and Tatum stumble their way to success after a dodgy start taking drugs in school, getting expelled then getting their man at the end.

The background to the two characters is explained fully at the start which is good, then also how they eventually become friends whilst both training to be cops, the first time they make a bust had me in hysterics, both on push bikes chasing down biker stoners. Although the reading of his rights became “you have the right to remain silent……. Mother fucker!” this is what gets them transferred to jump street.

Once at high school they don’t really get off on the wrong foot when Tatum hits a black kid for giving him attitude and telling him to turn they gay music off! The guys reply “you hit me because I’m gay?”

Confusing times for the two cops, with the dilemma of carrying you back pack one or two strapped just adds to Jenko’s confusion. However the real fun starts when the two get their identities mixed up, when the Jock Jenko [Tatum] ends up with the intellectual classes and Scmidt [Hill] ends up with the sports. At his point you know it’s not going to end well.

10/10 an absolute must see, comedy of the year, had me and my daughter in stitches.

Side note: Although un-credited both Peter DeLuise and Johnny Depp are in this film as under cover cops, they also make reference to once being in jump street which was a good touch, a short but comedic interlude by Mr Depp [Right on teh right in this pic]



Film: Pirates of the Caribbean- On Stranger Tides

Year: 2011

Cast: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Stephen Graham, Keith Richards, Richard Griffiths, Greg Ellis, Damian O’Hare, Oscar Jaenada, Anton Lesser, Roger Allam, Robbie Kay, Brea Berrett, Daphne Joy, Antoinette Nikprelaj, Sanya Hughes.

Plot: Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

Review: The Highly anticipated fourth film in the Pirates Franchise, Johnny Depp is back as the Camp Mincing Pirate we have all grown to love, in this instalment we go back to the uncomplicated plot line of the first Film, a race to find something with a bit of swashbuckling along the way.

No Miss Swan or Mr Turner in this one but you do get Barbossa the fantastic Geoffrey Rush even in his dodgy wig and wooden leg he makes the ideal stooge to Depps Sparrow.

It was good to see Ian McShane out of his Chaps and ten gallon hat and sporting a fiery beard and a deathly stare, he plays an excellent part of Blackbeard and the Father of Sparrows love interest Angelica [Cruz]

I have only seen Penelope Cruz in a couple of films and she seems to play the same part in every film… Penelope Cruz! Unfortunately this one is no different but saying that she does slip into the Pirates Film with Ease.

The CGI is awesome in this film with the mermaids and fantasy type tree’s etc… and the scenery on the islands of Hawaii is totally out of this world. Full marks to the locations manager on this one.

So what about the film itself? Well its Pirates and its swashbuckling, its funny in places and a really good story and it is left open for the fifth Movie. Will the franchise run out of steam? Yes eventually but if they keep churning this high class type of film studded with stars they could get a couple more films out of it.. possibly.

9/10 Good film, well worth a watch

Film: The Tourist

Year: 2011

Cast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Sewell, Christian De Sica, Alessio Boni, Daniele Pecci, Giovanni Guidelli, Raoul Bova, Bruno Wolkowitch, Marc Ruchmann, Julien Baumgartner, Francois Vincentelli,

Plot: Elise (Angelina Jolie) sits next to an American tourist, Frank (Johnny Depp), on a train going toVenice. She has chosen him as a decoy, making believe that he is her lover who is wanted by police. Not only will they need to evade the police, but also the mobster whose money her lover stole.

Review: This amusing Pairing of Depp and Jolie wasn’t as bad as the critics would have you believe it was, Johnny Depp plays the Tourist a low key character who smokes an electric cigarette [he’s trying to stop smoking!] and bumbles around Venice after the very attractive, if not a little too thin Jolie.

There are quite a few funny scenes Depp’s run across the roof tops are reminiscent of Jack Sparrow and being towed through Venice handcuffed to a boat was also good.

The down sides are, that the characters are a little transparent, needed fleshing out a little, the world stopped when Jolie walked into a room which got a little boring after a while. And the plot was a little too obvious from the start [I worked it out ten minutes into the film].

On the whole though the film was fun, it held my attention and had the addition of Steven Berkoff doing what he does best, being a baddy surrounded by Russian Henchmen.

8/10 a little predictable but well worth a watch on a wet Saturday afternoon

Film: Rango

Year: 2011

Cast: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant, Ray Winston, Ian Abercrombie, Gil Birmingham, James Ward Byrkit, Claudia Black, Blake Clark

Plot: Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Review: Not sure how I feel about this film, I was excited to see it because it looked funny, the trailer was all over the place and gave no hint of the story line, which was good.

I took my 13yr old daughter to watch it and could see about 10 minutes in she was either confused or bored I couldn’t fathom out which, I also think that if I had said “come on lets get out of here” she would have happily gone.

So what was it?

I really am not sure, the animation was out of this world, the scenery the characters everything’ if it wasn’t for the fact that they were all animals you could have forgotten you were watching a cartoon.

I think it was the fact that some parts were really painfully slow,

there were a lot of references to old westerns like “High Noon” and “a fist full of dollars” which the older ones amongst us would get. But were totally lost on the kids.

I got the story line, its all about water and one guy trying to control it all. But just because it has Johnny Depp in it, his voice at least. Doesn’t make it good, in fact just because there are so many great acting voices in it and it was directed by the fantastic Gore Verbinski. Is not the best reason to watch this film?

The fact that the animation and the characters are so well done and so believable, even the spirit of the West [Clint Eastwood] made me smile.

So if you go to see this film, don’t expect too much from the story.

But look at the scenery, The characters, look at how the saloon at the beginning of Rango’s time in dirt is lit. My Stetson goes off to those guys who made it all look so real and drew you in. the artists and programmers are the real stars of this film.

7/10 for the film – go see it

10/10 for the Artistry