Remember when Johnny Depp used to be a really interesting actor who mixed up his weird and wacky roles with the occasional ‘serious’ turn?
Neither do I.
Depp has become walking slapstick in an outlandish costume. And while the costume is missing and the slapstick toned down a notch in THE RUM DIARY the whacky jokester shines through regardless.
If you want to watch Depp do his thing in a good Hunter S. Thompson bit check out FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.
If you want to watch meandering film that plucks delicately at the themes and substance of Thompson’s work but wholly fails to understand the meaning behind it, then by all means, check out THE RUM DIARY.