The Rum Diary: Absolutely Nothing In Moderation

To be honest, I didn’t want to watch this movie. I’m just days back from Puerto Vallarta. Thanks again everyone. The last thing I needed was watching Johnny Depp get drunk in Puerto Rico. With such low expectations, the only direction we could go was up.

All About Johnny

I’ve been a fan since 21 Jump Street, but mostly remember his mainstream movies. This role, his second Hunter Thompson based film, seemed to fall on the eccentric side. I was pleasantly surprised as his character, Paul Kemp, quickly grew on me. I’m sure the women viewers will enjoy his pretty face. I was reminded of how good an actor he is.

Sala: The Perfect Second Banana

Michael Rispoli was the perfect Robin to Depp’s Batman. Kemp and Sala were a regular Puerto Rican dynamic duo as they zoomed from one adventure to the next. Initially I thought Sala was the local voice of reason. As the movie unfolds, I was wrong with my initial assessment.

Best of the Rest

Richard Jenkins was terrific as the editor in chief. Giovanni Ribisi was almost unrecognizable as the resident nutcase. Aaron Eckhart was quite convincing as the sleazy, money hungry, businessman. Last, but not least, Amber Heard was quite intriguing as the sexy siren.

Final Thoughts

There were nice views of Puerto Rico, but nothing that requires the big screen of a movie theater. However, if you are looking for a good time, The Rum Diary actually does the trick. I saw ads that described the movie as from the mind of Hunter S. Thompson. A little over the top would you say? There were some unique situations I would never have dreamed of, but somehow Thompson made it all work. Finally, since Johnny Depp played a writer, he actually faced some challenges that bloggers face as well. Seeing him deal with his obstacles actually motivated me and I hope it will do the same for you.

Stay Inspired!
Buck

12 thoughts on “The Rum Diary: Absolutely Nothing In Moderation”

  1. Beaker refuses to go and see it just because Hunter directed this show. I think he is still recovering from one of his shows with Depp drinking in Vegas this time. :) I’d see it just because it does look entertaining and I loooove Johnny. :)

  2. This one may have to wait for Netflix after your honest appraisal. Although I could use a little boost in the writing motivation department right now, and H S Thompson is my namesake (My Mother changes this story every time I ask). It’s a toss-up between this and Puss in Boots…might go bowling instead.

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