JACK GOES CONFIDENTIAL: Johnny Depp’s Hunter S. Thompson Adventure Underwhelms

Honest to God, I was really looking forward to this one…

After all, having Johnny Depp tied to an autobiographical Hunter S. Thompson project as both its star and producer should make for an extraordinary night out at the movies.

In THE RUM DIARY Depp dumps the madness of 1960 New York, escaping to tropical Puerto Rico and a rum soaked lifestyle as a local island reporter for The San Juan Star—shady dealings and all.

Industry rumors that this movie’s been sitting on the shelf for almost 2 years now should’ve been my first clue that I’d be in for disappointment. This thing is incoherent, unfocused and its editing leaves a lot to be desired.

Not even its strong supporting players could save it.

Names like Aaron Eckhard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi and ueber-sexy, sultry Amber Heard of NBC’s already cancelled THE PLAYBOY CLUB series.

Nope. No hope for this diary

And I’m not alone with that opinion. Leaving the theater auditorium it was obvious to me that our screening audience also felt let down. And they got in FREE In my humble opinion this film should’ve gone straight to video.

So friends you’re on your own with THE RUM DIARY, for which I’m raising 1.5 out of 5 lame fingers.

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5 Responses to JACK GOES CONFIDENTIAL: Johnny Depp’s Hunter S. Thompson Adventure Underwhelms

  1. smartman says:

    Bad Will Hunter?
    FUCK Johnny “I’m SO COOL I live in France” Depp. His continued obsession with Hunter Thompson is more about bringing him some street cred than any sort of homage. I’m surprised he hasn’t bought Owl Farm and a Howitzer to go deer hunting.

    Poor Hunter. Spends his whole life becoming a phenominally maniacal whack job enigma that only he could be only to have a DOUCHE like Depp play wanna-be. This is clearly a role for Charlie Sheen or in his absynthe Robert Downey.

    Stick to playing Captain Jack Swallow PRETTY BOY!

  2. Merle Tagladucci says:

    “His continued obsession with Hunter Thompson is more about bringing him some street cred than any sort of homage.”

    Uninformed statements such as this tend to contradict that handle you’ve saddled yourself with.

  3. smartman says:

    @Mearle
    State your case.

  4. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Don’t need to. Do some research. Google is your friend, and HST was JD’s.

  5. chuck says:

    No diss, but…
    “His continued obsession with Hunter Thompson is more about bringing him some street cred than any sort of homage.”

    That sounds like an opinion to me. If it is an opinion, it is subjective, ergo, it stands on its own merit, until Merle states his case.

    Vincenzo Coccotti: Sicilians are great liars. The best in the world. I’m Sicilian. My father was the world heavy-weight champion of Sicilian liars. From growing up with him I learned the pantomime. There are seventeen different things a guy can do when he lies to give himself away. A guys got seventeen pantomimes. A woman’s got twenty, but a guy’s got seventeen… but, if you know them, like you know your own face, they beat lie detectors all to hell. Now, what we got here is a little game of show and tell. You don’t wanna show me nothin’, but you’re tellin me everything. I know you know where they are, so tell me before I do some damage you won’t walk away from.

    In Vincenzo’s opinion, Sicilians are great liars, and he makes his case.

    Just sayin…

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