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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