Mortdecai Review Johnny Depp On Fine Form But Comic Caper Fails To Deliver Expected Laughs

Mortdecai review: Johnny Depp on fine form but comic caper fails to deliver expected laughs

Mortdecai review: Johnny Depp on fine form but comic caper fails to deliver expected laughs

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Johnny Depp’s latest comedy caper has him donning a rakish moustache and a adopting a plummy accent to play roguish British aristocrat and dodgy art dealer Charlie Mortdecai.

Charged with retrieving a stolen Goya masterpiece, Charlie and his loyal manservant Jock Strapp (Paul Bettany) pursue the painting across the globe while attempting to stay one step ahead of MI5’s Alistair Maitland (Ewan McGregor) and various baddies.

Depp is on fine comic form as the cowardly yet charismatic charmer and there’s some delicious dialogue, while Gwyneth P altrow is along for the ride as Mortdecai’s wife Johanna.

However, the script never quite delivers the expected laughs.

It’s also let down by a series of poorly executed action sequences and a sluggish sense of pace, as well as committing the cardinal sin of wasting Jeff Goldblum, who pops up for two scenes as American millionaire Krampf.

Ultimately, Mortdecai is not without its moments, but it’s nowhere near as funny as it should have been.

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