Mortdecai- Movie Review

A Depth less Depp and a Nonsensical Failure


  • Movie: Mortdecai
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum
  • Directed By: David Koepp
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating:

Untitled 1 copyFor the comedies, there are two kinds of presentations that the Hollywood films have. The first ones are quite polished and entertaining for the sharp-minded people. Wit is the central attraction there. The others fall on the genre of slapstick comedies, where the nonsense acts give birth to break free laughter. There are both kinds of viewers for these two genres.

Unfortunately, David Koepp’s Mortdecai is none of the above categories. The film has taken both the element from the two genres. This has only weakened its cinematic impact

The story is based on a comic character names Charlie Mortdecai whose comic novels are no longer available. His search and investigation of a lost Painting is the central theme of the film. Depp in the role of Charlie Mortdecai is hardly notable. His portrayal of the character is very weak as well as faulty. Equally flat is Paul Bettany in the role of Jack Strap, his manservant. Among the other actors, anyone is hardly mentionable as they come and go flatly in the film.


Koepp failed to bring out the comic elements from the interesting moments. The screenplay was weak enough. Along with that, lighthearted petty situations and silly jokes were hardly matching against such a royal backdrop. In addition, this is a mismatch that takes place in the most of the parts of the movie. The well-toned classic frame is broken repeatedly with the slapsticks.

The only positive thing in the film is its cinematography. The indoor settings are also worth mentioning. However, apart from this there is nothing in the film that you should justify your ticket expense with. The most hopeless part is that, if you have seen The Grand Budapest Hotel, you may find striking similarities with this film. Even the cinematography character portrayal also seems the same. Its perhaps the time that David Koepp should think twice before making a comedy.