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.
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.