The Moviegoer: The Rum Diary (Robinson, 2011)

As far as whimsy goes, Bruce Robinson’s film adaptation of The Rum Diary succeeds intermittently, almost in spite of the film's protracted duration. But while Depp and company -- especially Giovanni Ribisi’s drunken mess of a character -- provide some entertaining scenes, the narrative as a whole feels as incoherent as Moburg (Ribisi). Ultimately, the film's disjointed narrative is too disorienting for us to take seriously its more sobering aims.Paul Kemp (Depp) is a nomadic journalist looking … [Read more...]