Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary is a 2011 film based on the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson. It`s written and directed by Bruce Robinson and the lead role of Paul Kemp is played by Johnny Depp.
The film takes the audience way back to 1960`s when an unestablished novelist Paul Kemp travels from New York to Puerto Rico to get a job writing for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star. In his new office he meets some colorful persons. Even ends up living with one after his new boss doesn`t agree to pay for his hotel room anymore because Paul has made a gigantic bill sucking dry a lot of those small bottles of alcoholic beverages. Although, he begins the habit of drinking a lot of rum, he tries to write proper articles and be a good journalist. His faithfulness to true journalism however is put to the test when a crooked real estate developer, Hal Sanderson, wants to involve him on his manipulative plan for getting permissions to start building hotels on a rather untouched island. Things get even more spiced up as Paul falls in love with Sanderson`s fiancée.
It`s an amusing story with a lot of interesting characters and plenty of amusing incidents. Johnny Depp, to who it was not the first time to play a Hunter S. Thompson`s character, did an excellent job playing Paul Kemp. Paul Kemp`s love interest was played by Amber Heard. Her role did not take much of an effort. She just had to look naturally stunning like she does, and wear vivid red lipstick. And oh boy, she wore that lipstick alright! Aaron Eckhart played the role of the crooked real estate developer. And he is perfect for the role. His smile and literally everything about him, makes him perfect for playing roles like this. Michael Rispoli played the role of Pauls best friend and roommate, Bob Sala. He also added a lot to the movie as he was this carefree guy who watched his neighbour`s TV with binoculars, saying that he almost owns a TV. He had a smile on his face even in the most crappiest circumstances.
I must say I was rather pleased with this movie. For one, I really liked the full 1960`s Puerto Rico theme. And it was well brought out. It`s a definitely a great film. And IMDB`s score of 6.5 points out of 10 for this one, really seems surprisingly low to me. What is wrong with people? And the tomatometer shows only 50% for this one. Well, I`d give it 7.5 out of 10. I`d give it more but I found the ending a little hasty. It felt as if they had forgotten themselves filming too many good scenes they wanted to keep in the move and therefore had to make the ending quick, so they could still fit in a previously set time. But it`s still definitely worth a watch!

28 comments:

  1. someonelse saying i need to see this film. i think i need to see this film.

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  2. This does look pretty sweet.
    Following!

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  3. i need to see this movie just because it was made after hunter s thompsons book :) and i liked fear and loathing so much

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  4. Looks like a solid movie, will probably see it.

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  5. I only use IMDB to see actor info and what not. Its nothing but a site for pseudo wannabe professional amateur movie critics wit to many dick sin their mouth.

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  6. I'll give it a watch eventually too, as I do with most. Nice to see him in something that isn't some Tim Burton film too.

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  7. I want to see this. If it's half as good as Fear and Loathing I'll be happy

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  8. I'm always on the lookout for new films but mostly in places other than Hollywood. Might give this one a shot.

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  9. So watching this! Love Hunter S.!

    Pointless info: Been at the red lippy myself, lately. I've been on a Twin Peaks kick. Again! Serious David Lynch crush! I can't believe I actually managed to look like a girl, though nowhere near Amber's league! :)

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  10. didnt ricky gervais ask johnny if he'd even bothered watching this at the awards?

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  11. Sounds like a great movie, I have to see now!

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  12. Not a big fan of Johnny Depp, gotta admit :P Maybe I will check this out

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  13. i'll take any excuse to watch amber heard

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  14. Hehe I like the name of the movie. Sounds like any one of my nights hanging out with my friends.

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  15. It has Johnny Depp in it and that means I am watching it! (love him because of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Dead Man"! )

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    1. Dead Man is my favorite Depp film!

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  16. Awesome movie, Johny Deep is just great :)

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  17. I remember diggin the trailer for this but never getting around to seeing it. Too bad it bombed because people can't get over their Disney obsessions.

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  18. Definitely want to see this now.

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  19. i remember thinking it would be a bad movie.
    now youve changed my mind about it, gotta see it

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  20. I absolutely loved that movie, thanks for reminding me to watch it. I'm such a huge fan of 'Colonel Depp', portraying Hunter Thompson.

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  21. I'm buying some beers to watch this tonight.

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  22. Already watched, its just great

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  23. Sounds interesting, I'll give it a try.

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  24. Was the book as good as the film? I thought the film was pretty good, but I have not read the book yet to compare it to.

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